Fig Bites

 

 

Fresh figs! They’re in season! I love figs of the fresh variety. I do not love figs of the newton variety.

 

Anyhoo… Fresh figs! When I see figs at the market, I immediately grab the necessary ingredients for Fig Bites. They’re one of my favorite appetizers and since fig season is so brief, I eat all I can during that short time. If you love figs, or are curious enough to try them, give this recipe a shot.

 

Here’s what you’ll need…

 

 

Figs, Prosciutto, Goat Cheese, Balsamic Vinegar and Honey.

 

 

Clean the figs and cut any rough stems from the tops, making sure to not cut too deeply.

 

 

Cut the figs in half, lengthwise.

 

 

Top each fig half with ½ teaspoon goat cheese. Set aside.

 

 

Cut each prosciutto slice in half, lengthwise. (If your figs are on the small side, as these were, feel free to cut the prosciutto slices into thirds, lengthwise.)

 

 

Wrap one prosciutto half (or third) around each goat-cheese topped fig half.

 

 

Secure with a wooden toothpick. (Do NOT use plastic toothpicks!)

 

 

Place the prepared figs in a broiler-proof pan, deep enough to hold liquid. Set aside.

 

 

Prepare the sauce, y’all. In a small saucepan, place ¼ cup balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon water and 1 tablespoon honey.

 

 

Heat to a simmer, then watch the pan! You want to reduce and thicken the sauce a bit. This only takes a few minutes (up to 5), but can sneak up on you and burn. There’s no set consistency, so don’t fret too much. If it’s only reduced a little, it’s just fine. But seriously – watch the pan!

 

Preheat your broiler. Pour the reduced sauce over the prepared figs in the pan. Place the pan beneath the broiler and check it after 2 minutes. If the toothpicks are starting to burn, by all means – take the danged pan out! Otherwise, give the figs another minute or so and then remove from broiler. (I was in such a hurry to get out the door, I failed to photograph this step.)

 

At this point, a rational, decent person would remove the figs from the pan and place on a pretty serving plate, being sure to drizzle all the sauce from the pan over the figs. As I wasn’t fully rational or decent when I made this, I just wrapped the whole metal pie pan in foil and took the entire she-bang to Beer Club. Do as I say, not as I do, y’all.

 

 

These are just lovely. Really, I can’t speak highly enough about them. In fact, I’m gonna make ‘em again tonight! Figs of the fresh variety, I tell ya.

 

Here’s the printable…

 

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Fig Bites
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Serves: 10
 

Fresh figs! When I see figs at the market, I immediately grab the necessary ingredients for Fig Bites. They’re one of my favorite appetizers and since fig season is so brief, I eat all I can during that short time. If you love figs, or are curious enough to try them, give this recipe a shot.
Ingredients
  • 10 Fresh Figs
  • 5 oz. Goat Cheese (there will be some leftover)
  • 10 Slices Prosciutto
  • ¼ c. Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 T. Honey
  • 1 T. Water

Instructions
  1. Clean the figs and cut any rough stems from the tops, making sure not to cut too deeply.
  2. Cut the figs in half, lengthwise.
  3. Top each fig half with ½ teaspoon goat cheese. Set aside.
  4. Cut each prosciutto slice in half, lengthwise. (If your figs are on the small side, as these were, feel free to cut the prosciutto slices into thirds, lengthwise.)
  5. Wrap one prosciutto half (or third) around each goat-cheese topped fig half. Secure with a wooden toothpick. (Do NOT use plastic toothpicks!)
  6. Place the prepared figs in a broiler-proof pan, deep enough to hold liquid. Set aside.
  7. Prepare the sauce, y’all. In a small saucepan, place ¼ cup balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon water and 1 tablespoon honey.
  8. Heat to a simmer, then watch the pan! You want to reduce and thicken the sauce a bit. This only takes a few minutes (up to 5), but can sneak up on you and burn. There’s no set consistency, so don’t fret too much. If it’s only reduced a little, it’s just fine. But seriously – watch the pan!
  9. Preheat your broiler.
  10. Pour the reduced sauce over the prepared figs in the pan. Place the pan beneath the broiler and check it after 2 minutes. If the toothpicks are starting to burn, by all means – take the danged pan out! Otherwise, give the figs another minute or so and then remove from broiler.
  11. Remove the figs from the pan and place on a serving plate, being sure to drizzle all the sauce from the pan over the figs.

Notes
The recipe can be increased or decreased according to need. However many figs you buy, purchase the same number of prosciutto slices (since you’ll be splitting both). 1 fig equals 2 appetizers. Count on 2 pieces per person, though I’ve been known to eat far more than that! Please, please, please buy the best prosciutto you can find/afford. It does make a difference.

 

Comments

  1. Saharra says:

    Brought these lovely little morsels to a family reunion and they were a hit! So delicious – your recipe was perfect and easy. One question – is there any trick you have to peeling the prosciutto slices apart? I had a rough time with that.

    • Mikki Brisk says:

      Thanks for getting in touch! And I’m so glad you liked the Fig Bites. I love them so much I should marry them. As for the tricky prosciutto, I’m afraid I don’t have any tips on that front. I guess you could have it sliced a bit thicker (assuming it’s coming from a deli counter), but otherwise, fingernails are your friend. Again, thanks for reaching out!

  2. Sandy says:

    Hi Mikki, Thanks for posting the recipe and pictures. This one is always a favorite in our house since you introduced them to us!!!!

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