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Prosciutto-Wrapped Figs

Prosciutto is a good food to snack on when you want the effect of eating a lot more meat than you actually are. Since it's so thin but also so stringy and chewy, you tend to spend a lot more time chewing prosciutto than its volume would have you believe.


When paired with the meat-like consistency of ripe figs and cheese, you're basically cheating the meat gods.

Prosciutto Wrapped Figs

Some Fig Trivia


Speaking of cheating God, did you know that many people believe that, from a story in the Bible, the "forbidden fruit" eaten by Adam and Eve was actually a fig instead of an apple? It makes more sense considering this passage from the story, just after they ate the fruit:


"Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves."


Figs aren't exclusive to Christianity, either. In an ancient Islamic record, Muhammad is quoted saying (in translated paraphrasing), "If I were to tell you of a fruit that has been sent from paradise, it would be the fig. Fruits of paradise are without pits. Eat the fig as it is a cure for hemorrhoids and gout."


With the image of gout in your brain, let's make some figs.

Fig macro shot

Prep: 10 min | Cooking: 10 min | Total: 20 min

Yields 18 wrapped figs


INGREDIENTS

  • Small figs, sliced into halves (9)

  • Goat cheese

  • Prosciutto (9 slices, cut in half widthwise)

  • Honey


DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400 °F. Lay parchment paper or a non-stick mat over a baking sheet.

  2. Stuff the middle of each fig with 1 tsp of goat cheese.

  3. Wrap the stuffed figs in a half-slice of prosciutto. Drizzle with a bit of honey and place in oven.

  4. Bake 5-8 minutes or until prosciutto feels crispy when touched with a fork. Plate and serve immediately.

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