I like to grill these figs just as dinner is winding down. They take only a couple of minutes to prepare and since they're cooked over a low flame, you can use the last dying embers of a charcoal grill (or just switch on the gas grill).
Heat the gas grill to medium low or prepare a low charcoal fire. Set the figs cut side down on a baking sheet and brush the rounded side with the oil. Flip and brush the cut sides of the figs with the balsamic vinegar. In a small bowl, toss the sugar with the thyme, then sprinkle over the figs. Set the figs on the grill, cut side facing up. Cover the grill and cook until the sugary tops start to bubble and brown and the bottoms of the figs get light grill marks (without burning), 5 to 8 minutes.
Serve immediately over scoops of ice cream, drizzled with the honey and sprinkled with the mint, if using.
nutrition information (per serving):
based on eight servings;
Photo: Scott Phillips