My husband, Vince, loves fresh figs...I mean, he LOVES them! So I am always looking for ways to serve figs other than just eating them. Ina Garten's Figs with Prosciutto appetizer is one of the easiest recipes you'll ever make. The saltiness of the prosciutto is a delicious counterpoint to the sweetness of the fruit.
Figs are in season in the early summer and fall, so it is Gr8 to have a "go-to" recipe to take advantage of their tender goodness. This is from the Barefoot Contessa, How Easy Is That? cookbook. And it's a winner! Don't you just love finding a recipe that is easy, elegant, AND delicious! (The easy part is my favorite!)
The recipe makes 40 pieces, but it is easy to make fewer. I used 10 figs to make 20 pieces; there were 4 of us eating and there wasn't one bite left!
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Figs with Prosciutto
This is a fresh take on bacon wrapped dates.
- 20 large fresh figs
- 20 slices prosciutto, about 8 ounces (I used the pre-sliced Prosciutto from Costco)
- 3 Tablespoons Extra-virgin olive oil
- Preheat oven to 425º F.
- Remove the hard stem from the top of each fig and cut in half lengthwise.
- Cut the prosciutto in half lengthwise, you will have 40 pieces. (You may want to trim off some of the fat.)
- Wrap a strip of prosciutto around each fig half, and overlap the prosciutto so it sticks to itself.
- Arrange the wrapped figs, cut-side up, on a sheet pan then brush with the olive oil.
- Put the figs in the oven and roast for 10 to 12 minutes. The prosciutto should get a little crispy and the figs will be warm.