Fresh Grilled Figs with French Vanilla Yogurt and Honey-Frangelico Liqueur Syrup

It’s fig season! Thank Goodness now they seem to be more affordable, because figs are one of my favorite fruits… They bring me so many childhood memories… hot long summer days… my Grandma’s house ancient, knotted, twisted fig tree produced the biggest sweetest figs ever! We also had another fig tree at my father’s garden, so when fig season came, they were all over the place… If I close my eyes I can still see my father bringing them home by the bucket!

Fresh California Figs

Since now is BBQ season, (among other things I made fig ice cream with some of them, I’ll post the recipe in the next few days…) I decided to grill some of them, and let me tell you I was not disappointed. They were not too sweet since I used plain unsweetened creamy Greek Yogurt… a perfect match!

Fresh California Figs

Here is what you’ll need:
4 Fresh Figs
Oil or cooking spray
1 Plain Unsweetened Greek Yogurt
1 vanilla bean split, seed scraped off
2 tablespoons Honey
1 tablespoons Frangelico Liqueur (Hazelnut, you can also try Amaretto)

Hazelnut cookies crumbled up (use Amaretti cookies if using Amaretto Liqueur)

Grilled Figs with Greek Yogurt

You only have to cut them in half, brush them or spray them with oil (I used organic coconut oil spray) and place them on a hot grill or grill pan. It’s very important that you don’t remove them until they become loose on their own, if you try to remove while they’re stuck to the grill, you’ll remove those lovely grill marks, and you’ll end up with a messy, sticky and not pretty looking fig, simply try to lift them up super lightly and remove them ONLY when they become totally loose.

Fresh Grilled Figs with Greek Yogurt

For the yogurt, I used plain Greek yogurt, split a fresh French vanilla bean, added the lovely, tinny, sweet seeds and mixed it all together, placed it in a round mold and froze it for about half hour, until I was able to release it while it still held the round shape and placed the yogurt in the middle of a deep dish.

Fresh Figs Grilled with Greek Yogurt

Placed grilled figs around.

For the simple sweet syrup I mixed two tablespoons of honey and one tablespoon of Frangelico (Hazelnut Liqueur) poured over the final dish and added Hazelnut cookie crumbs to give it some crunch…

Fresh Grilled Figs with Greek Yogurt

They get caramelized and smoky and sweet… the flavor is just insanely good… and then the freshness and silkiness of the Greek Yogurt was a perfect pairing, my mouth is watering as I’m typing… hehe.
I devoured them! LOL.

If you never tried fresh figs before… give them a try, You’ll fall in love right away.

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