Keep on Grillin’ — A Tasty Dish to Serve With Big, Bold Red Wines

What’s that? You say you didn’t get in enough grilling over the 4th of July weekend? You still have some briquettes in the bag?

Well, here’s a dish that’s easy to prepare and makes a wonderful starter course. Petite Sirah, Zinfandel or a bold red blend would match nicely with it, and this recipe makes enough to fill a party pass-around platter.



• 6 to 8 large ripe figs

• Small wedge of Gorgonzola cheese, cut into cubes

• Extra virgin olive oil

• Aged balsamic vinegar

• Salt and pepper to taste

• Crackers



1. Trim fig tops and cut each open half-way down the middle. (Note: Do not cut into pieces.)

2. Add olive oil, salt and pepper to cut figs.

3. Grill on heated outdoor barbecue, 3-4 minutes for each side over medium heat.

4. Remove figs from grill and stuff with pieces of cheese. (Note: The cheese will begin to soften and melt.)

5. Arrange figs on a serving dish and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

6. Serve warm with crackers.

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