Mission figs with prosciutto & blue cheese.

Here’s a simple appetizer for your next get together, making use of those yummy, mission figs.  With a few other added ingredients, you’ll be able to whip up a tray of these little beauts in no time.

I love wandering around a certain ‘not to be named’ grocery store close to my home.  They can be a little more expensive then where I normally shop, but their produce is amazing and they always have  seasonal items that aren’t as easily found elsewhere.  Figs aren’t that unusual, but seeing that big display sucked me right in, and a little bushel found it’s way into my basket.

Figs make a fantastic appetizer when paired with a few other ingredients.  Bold blue cheese and some salty prosciutto give a very unexpected, yet delicious end result.  If you aren’t a fan of blue cheese, try gorgonzolla.

Remove the stem tip of the figs and slice each one in half.  Place a little chunk of blue cheese on each half, then wrap with a small piece of prosciutto (about 3/4 inch in width), so that it wraps all the way around and overlaps.  Don’t worry about covering all of the cheese.

All that’s left is to put them on a baking sheet under the broiler of your oven.  Start them cut side down for about 2 minutes, then flip them cut side up for another minute or two, until the prosciutto crisps up a bit.

Drizzle a wee bit of honey and olive oil if desired.  Let cool slightly and serve.  Depending on the saltiness of your prosciutto and the sweetness of the figs, you could sprinkle a couple granules of course salt, but do this with caution.  I recommend tasting one before adding any additional salt.

Voila!  I’m dying to do a variation with white figs some time!  If I can get my hands on some 😉

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