1/2 cup pine nuts
8 ounces cream cheese, softened; or reduced-fat or nonfat cream cheese, if desired 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
10 fresh figs, washed, stems removed
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the pine nuts on a baking sheet and bake 8-12 minutes until the nuts are lightly toasted. Remove them from the oven and set them aside to cool. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, cooled pine nuts, orange zest and pepper, mixing until smooth. Slice each fig in half lengthwise. Press about a tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture into the cut side of each fig half.