It’s hard to beat fresh figs served with Camembert, Brie or goat cheese; the sweetness of the figs marries so well with the creaminess and saltiness of the cheese. But the calories of this summer pleasure can be more than you want to think about. That’s what inspired this lighter alternative, one that makes a good appetizer on a warm evening.
For this simple crostini, puree low-fat cottage cheese until light and smooth, resulting in an almost fluffy texture. Combined with minced fresh herbs, the cheese is delicious spread on grilled bread and topped with a grilled fig half.
I like to cut the figs in half rather than slicing them; the larger pieces are easier to handle on the grill. The figs will grill quickly; keep an eye on them. When they become tender and begin to collapse, promptly remove them from the grill.