I first had these at a hotel in Chamonix, France. There was a marvelous spread of all kinds of wonderful goodies, but time and again I kept heading back for the bacon wrapped figs. They are really addictive - the salty and sweet combination is perfect. When they were first put out on the table, they were fresh and hot - but actually, they got even better the longer they sat out on the buffet. I've seen numerous versions of this recipe - you can add a bit of goat cheese or blue cheese stuffed inside of the fig and you can also substitute dates or prunes instead of the fig. I prefer to make them the way I had them in France - simple and delicious.
Bacon Wrapped Figs
10 fresh figs, trimmed and halved
10 slices of bacon, halved
20 small fresh sage leaves
Simply place one sage leaf on a fig and wrap with half a piece of bacon. Secure with a toothpick. Continue until all of the figs are wrapped. Heat a frying pan over high heat. Place bacon wrapped figs in the pan and cook, turning to make sure all sides of the bacon are crisp. (About 3 - 4 minutes total)