Gluten-Free Recipes – Prosciutto Wrapped Figs

Fresh Figs web
Growing up I thought I hated figs.  Not because I had ever tasted them mind you, but a bad experience with a dry and flavorless ‘Fig Newton’ left such a strong impression I was sure figs were ‘gross.’ Lucky for me a summer in Sicily cured me of that notion when the place I was staying on the beach in Ragusa had a fig tree overflowing with the perfectly ripe fruit. Once I tasted their sweet flavor, I partook every day for the rest of the summer.

During my recent week of repose in California, I was reminded of my summer in Sicily as I again practically ate my weight in fresh figs.  Our wonderful Italian neighbors, Ruby and Carmella have two fig trees in their back yard.  I was glad to ‘assist’ them in clearing out their bounty.  While fresh figs are delightful all on their own, I decided to try my hand at a new appetizer.  I love experimenting with food and recipes when I have others to test my creations.  This ‘small plate’ makes for the perfect party showstopper because they can be put together in advance and popped in the oven right before serving.

It’s so easy it doesn’t even really require a recipe but I’ll do my best to construct one.
Plate of Prosciutto Wrapped Figs web
Gluten-Free Prosciutto Wrapped Figs

Fresh Figs
Thinly-sliced Prosciutto di Parma, cut into quarters
Softened Chevre (goat cheese)
Chopped Pecans
Prosciutto Wrapped Figs stuffed with Goat Cheese and Pecans
Preheat oven to 500 degrees or turn on broiler

In a small bowl combine the softened goat cheese and chopped pecans

Slice figs in half, spoon a small spoonful of the cheese/pecan mixture into the center of one half of a fig.  Wrap each fig with a small piece of prosciutto and place on a foil lined cookie sheet.

When ready to serve, put the cookie sheet in the oven/broiler for 3-4 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the prosciutto starts to crisp.  Serve warm. 

If you are looking for more ways to be creative with figs – try this Fig and Avocado Salsa recipe or Shauna’s take on Gluten-Free ‘Fig Newtons’ (though really that does her cookie an injustice because these taste great and Fig Newtons almost soured me to the fruit forever…)

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Anna said,

September 17, 2008 @ 4:15 am

This looks postively dreamy! I want to eat all of them for my whole dinner! Great photos, too.


A Gluten-Free Guide said,

October 25, 2008 @ 11:14 pm

Thanks Anna – Oh these were definitely a meal all by themselves – actually more than once…mmmm

Yu Shan said,

October 27, 2008 @ 11:05 pm

oh yum :)

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