Grilled Figs, Pancetta & Basil: Hello!
Instead of tossing the unripe figs from Trader Joe's the other day, I decided to put them in a grill pan and see if they would sweeten up.
I had some great pancetta and attempted to wrap the figs with a thin slice of the bacon, but my pancetta slices were not big enough, so I just laid a small piece of pancetta underneath each fig half.
If you are lucky enough to have good pancetta, use it, otherwise you can use a half slice of bacon for each fig half and wrap it around the fruit.
I placed the halved figs in my favorite grill pan flesh side down, for about 6 minutes, until the pancetta was cooked, then flipped them over (not the easiest thing to do), and cooked them another 3 minutes until bubbling and juices flowing.
Now that the flesh was nice and soft, I pushed the little piece of pancetta into the fig using my finger, so it stuck in there, then wrapped each little morsel in a big fat basil leaf from my garden and drizzled with magic balsamic syrup.