When I look at a recipe or a menu, my eyes always scan the list of ingredients first. On a trip to the market I stumbled across fresh figs. They’re usually not available in my market. I just couldn’t resist. So I thought… sweet fresh figs, salty prosciutto, creamy goat cheese, tangy balsamic, fresh rosemary… what’s not to like about that combination?! So here’s what I came up with. They looked impressive, yet only took about 10 minutes to put together and less than 5 to cook. It’s a great choice for entertaining. An appetizer that is sure to impress your friends and family.
INGREDIENTS (serves 4-6)
- 6 fresh figs
- 6 slices prosciutto
- Small wedge goat cheese
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary
- balsamic for drizzle
Cut the stems from each fig and slice in half lengthwise. Place about 1/2 tsp of goat cheese on each fig half. Top with 2 rosemary leaves (literally two little leaves). Slice each piece of prosciutto in half lengthwise, making two long strips per slice. Wrap each half slice of prosciutto around each fig half, covering the goat cheese. Place the figs on a foil lined sheet pan and broil for 3-5 minutes, until the prosciutto begins to crisp and the cheese is warmed through. Keep an eye on these while under the broiler, don’t walk away… they cook very quickly.
To serve, place on a plate and drizzle balsamic vinegar over each piece. It’s a taste sensation! Sweet, salty and savory flavors – perfectly matched with the bite from the vinegar. The creamy goat cheese and fig melt in your mouth. I will be serving these next time we entertain… assuming I can find fresh figs again at the market.
* You can experiment with these by substituting gorgonzola for the goat cheese or make them without the prosciutto to keep it vegetarian. Without the prosciutto, I would only broil them for a minute to warm the cheese. Again, don’t walk away from these when placed under the broiler.