Gently rinse and dry the figs. Cut off the stem and cut the figs in half vertically. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet, cut side up. Put roughly 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of Chevre on each fig half. Don't worry about shape or appearance – the cheese can even be crumbled on top. Drizzle the balsamic vinegar slowly over all, making sure to get some on each fig.
Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese starts to melt and the figs get softer (but not too soft!). Check at 10 minutes, as exact time will vary based on the size and firmness of the figs and your oven. After removing from the oven, sprinkle the chopped mint leaves over the figs.
Place on a beautiful platter and serve immediately with a glass of wine!
This makes approximately 32 individual hors d'oeuvres.
Linda Weisberg lives in Newton and is an excellent cook. She has lots of simple, delicious recipes and has graciously shared several of them with ShalomBoston.com. For two great examples, see her Layered Apple Cake and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes.