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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.


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.


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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