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Broiled Figs with Honey-Balsamic Drizzle over Cottage Cheese

This is the perfect dessert for folks who don’t care much for sweets. It’s a bit like a fruit-and-cheese course and pairs nicely with wine. When figs are out of season, try it with halved strawberries.

Ingredients: 

Ingredients: 

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¼ cup shelled pistachios
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6 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
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6 Tbs. honey, divided
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12 oz. low-fat cottage cheese
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12 large or 18 small fresh figs, halved
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1 Tbs. olive oil

Instructions: 

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Toast pistachios on baking sheet 6 to 8 minutes, or until fragrant. Cool 5 minutes, chop, and set aside.

2. Combine vinegar with 4 Tbs. honey in saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until syrupy and thick enough to coat a spoon.

3. Purée cottage cheese and remaining 2 Tbs. honey in blender or food processor 2 minutes, or until smooth. Spread cheese on serving platter.

4. Preheat broiler. Place figs cut-side up on baking sheet. Brush with oil, then with 2 Tbs. balsamic-honey syrup. Broil figs 4 inches from heat source 2 to 3 minutes, or until edges begin to brown.

5. Arrange fig slices over cheese, drizzle with remaining balsamic syrup, and top with toasted pistachios.

Nutrition Information: 

Calories: 
262
Protein: 
9 g
Total Fat: 
5 g
Saturated Fat: 
<1 g
Carbohydrates: 
48 g
Cholesterol: 
3 mg
Sodium: 
159 mg
Fiber: 
4 g
Sugar: 
42 g
Yield: 
Serves 6