Thursday, September 27, 2012

Roasted Figs with Goat Cheese Prosciutto & A Balsamic Reduction

Things have been so busy, crazy, and stressful lately that it's been hard to keep track of the little things, including using up food in the fridge. Only 2 days before my mom and I fled Toronto for a NYC early- 25th bday weekend escape, I noticed that there was a completely untouched package of figs in the fridge, about to hit their final day. Just a little too ripe, I wanted to come up with a way to utilize the softer texture of the over-ripened fig. After doing a quick search in the fridge, and some recipe brainstorming, I came up with Roasted Figs with Goat Cheese Prosciutto and A Balsamic Reduction. Perfect for your next cocktail party, or over a bottle of wine with a friend, this simple and delicious appetizer combines the sweetness of fresh figs stuffed with tangy goat cheese, with salty and crispy prosciutto hugging the cheese-stuffed fig in place. Sweet and salty, creamy and crisp, this appetizer is the perfect little bite in between sips of your favorite cocktail or wine!

Tip: Roast your stuffed figs in the toaster oven to save energy. 

10 medium-large fresh figs
about 1/2 cup goat cheese, chilled
5 slices prosciutto
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp sugar

  1. Using a sharp knife, cut an "x" into the top of each fig that cuts about 1/2 way down the fig. 
  2. Cut small slices of goat cheese and stuff into the slits in the top of the figs.
  3. Tear each slice of prosciutto into two, lengthwise. Wrap the prosciutto slices around the stuffed figs, one half per fig. 
  4. Place on a non-stick tray or a tray lined with parchment paper and roast in a 350ยบ oven or toaster oven for 5 minutes, or until prosciutto edges begin to crisp.
  5. While figs are roasting, make the balsamic reduction. In a small pot, bring the balsamic vinegar to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook the balsamic vinegar, whisking constantly. Add the sugar and cook down until reduced by about half while continuing to whisk. Immediately remove from heat.
  6. Place roasted figs on a serving tray and drizzle with the balsamic reduction. Serve immediately.

Listening To:
Ghostface Killah And Kanye West And Pusha T - New God Flow.1

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