Monday, August 20, 2012

Grilled Proscuitto-Wrapped Figs

Have you ever had a fig?
No, not a Newton or a candy-like dried fig, but a real, fresh fig?
Neither had I, until a box of five fresh figs called my name from the organic produce shelf last month. I searched the deli for a complimentary ingredient, and a few slices of prosciutto seemed to be a good fit. 

These three simple ingredients create an appetizer of stunning elegance.
When the figs are grilled, they take on a luscious, buttery texture that is a perfect compliment to the thin, salty, crisp, grilled prosciutto. A drizzle of balsamic puts this dish over the top.

Find a few figs near you, and prepare to be amazed!

Grilled Proscuitto-Wrapped Figs
5 fresh figs
5-7 thin slices prosciutto
1 T. balsamic vinegar

Wash, dry and quarter figs. Wrap each fig quarter in a piece of prosciutto so the fruit is wrapped once or twice. Don't be exact. Do wrap artfully.

Grill figs over medium-high heat for about five minutes, until the prosciutto is crisp, but the figs aren't overlooked.

Serve immediately with a glass of wine and friends.

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