Prosciutto Wrapped Figs with Gorgonzola, Pistachios, and Balsamic Reduction

Whether served fresh, roasted, caramelized, seared, grilled, macerated (and the list goes on), figs are such a naturally sweet, versatile fruit that shine in any dish. Today, I’m roasting figs because it releases the natural sugars and softens the fruit a little, making it a really different experience from eating a fresh fig. If you’re looking for more ways to highlight this amazing fruit, including on a flatbread or in a dessert, click here!

The great thing about working with figs is that they are naturally delicious and beautiful, and require so little manipulation to make them taste great! For this appetizer, all I do is stuff them with a bit of salty gorgonzola, wrap with some prosciutto, and then bake them in the oven. In minutes, you’ve got a crispy prosciutto exterior and gooey fig and cheese interior. Garnish with balsamic reduction and chopped pistachios to amp up the flavour and presentation. Enjoy!

 

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Prosciutto Wrapped Figs with Gorgonzola

Impress your dinner party guests with this elegant and easy appetizer. The salty prosciutto pairs perfectly with the sweet figs and the sharp gorgonzola. Top with some crunchy roasted pistachios... because who doesn't love pistachios? 

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 4 fresh figs
  • 2 tbsp gorgonzola cheese (4 small 1/2 inch square pieces)
  • 4 thin slices prosciutto
  • 1 tbsp roasted pistachios, chopped
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar, or bottled balsamic reduction

Instructions

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F

  2. Cut stem off each fig and make X shaped incision about 1/2 inch deep with small knife

  3. Holding the bottom of each fig, squeeze slightly to open up the fig enough to put cheese inside
  4. Cut or crumble gorgonzola into 1/2 inch chunks
  5. Place chunks inside each fig
  6. Wrap fig with prosciutto
  7. Place figs on baking sheet, and in oven about 10 minutes or until prosciutto is crispy and cheese is melted
  8. Garnish with chopped pistachios and drizzled balsamic reduction

Instructions: Balsamic Reduction

  1. Place 1 cup balsamic vinegar into pot and bring to a boil
  2. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and let simmer until volume has reduced by at least half, about 10 minutes. Put fan on high! The vapour coming off this stuff is powerful
  3. Remove from heat and serve with lots of napkins or on small plates! They can be a bit messy

 

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