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Savory Prosciutto Figs Served Two Ways: 10 Minutes to Feeding 10 People

Like most people, my first introduction to figs were through Fig Newton's. As a kid I was shocked by how delicious a cookie can be without frosting, chocolate or cream. That's why I was intrigued by the idea of taking figs to a sophisticated, adult level of appetizer.

The fruit is sweet, but paired with a rich cheese (and some wine!) this is a savory and simple appetizer that will impress your guests. It’s also inexpensive, takes 10 minutes to make, and I’ve prepared it in two ways: hot and soft, and cold and crunchy. I love being able to feed a big group while giving them lots of options, and the fact that these are both fig based will surprise their palates! My inspiration came from Pioneer Woman and Barefoot Contessa, and I purchased all the ingredients from Trader Joe’s for around $17.

ingredients

On the left are the ingredients for the crunchy bites – on the right are ingredients for the soft version

Ingredients for cold appetizer:

  • 1 baguette, sliced into bites
  • fig butter
  • 1 tablespoon of regular butter
  • I used “Unexpected Cheddar” from TJ’s, it’s $3.99 and has hints of Parmesan, but figs pair well with blue cheese, so if you have a braver cheese palate than I do I would recommend blue cheese or even Parmesan-raggiano.
  • a few basil leaves, cut into thin strips
  • prosciutto, which you should have leftover from the hot app

Hot App Ingredients:

  • fresh figs – I bought a carton of Black Mission Figs at TJ’s
  • The same cheese from above
  • The same prosciutto from above

Let’s start with the super easy hot app.

STEP 1: Remove stems and cut figs in half. I used about 10 figs.

STEP 2: Slice cheese. Put tiny sliver of cheese on top of fig.

STEP 3: Slice prosciutto into thin strips and wrap around fig.

Before serving, place in oven for 10 minutes at 425 degrees until the meat is nice and crispy. If you’re making ahead go ahead and place in the fridge until you’re ready to bake. That’s it!

wrapped

Picture is before baking. The mound of prosciutto on the side is what was left over – save for the next app!

Now on to the crunchy app!

STEP 1: Melt butter in the pan and toast the baguette slices. *I bought a ficelle because I thought it would be easier, smaller bites. However, it was a little too hard to chew for my guests. Keep this in mind when choosing your bread and slice thin!

breadspreading butter

STEP 2: When the pieces have cooled spread fig butter on top. Then place piece of cheese, tiny bit of prosciutto and a thin slice of basil. Bon appetit!

finished cold

finished cold app – I left a few pieces without prosciutto

close up

Put both on the same tray so guests can compare!

I guarantee nobody will be missing fig newton’s when they taste these delectable treats!

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