Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I somehow managed to come home from work with a pint of fresh figs, the way others might come home with some extra Post-It notes. I thought that maybe I would make an interesting, quasi-healthy salad, but then quickly realized what a mistake that would be. Figs lend themselves to being lathered in cheese and shrouded in pork. Dinner!
Here's all you need to enjoy a tasty dinner, devoid of any vegetables (my healthy vows are commonly short-lived):
Prosciutto Wrapped Figs
Fresh figs, sliced in half
Cheese, such as Manchego or Valdeon (a Spanish blue)
First, preheat the broiler. Place a piece of cheese on the cut side of a fig half. Wrap the fig and cheese with a piece of prosciutto (about 4-inches long - you don't need to use an entire slice). Repeat with the remaining figs. Meanwhile, simmer about 1/4 cup of vinegar until reduced to a thick syrup, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Broil prepared figs for about 2 minutes per side, until the prosciutto begins to crisp. Keep a close watch to avoid burning. (Do not take a phone call or use the restroom!) Remove to a plate for serving. Drizzle with the balsamic syrup. Enjoy immediately without a salad. Serves as many as you'd like.