These addictive fig bites are very simple, but it’s crucial to use the best ingredients, from true Spanish ham to ripe, juicy figs, crunchy marcona almonds and best-quality olive oil. That being said, we couldn’t parse any Spanish dry-cured ham, such as jamon iberico or serrano and therefore opted for prosciutto. If you can locate the Spanish types, by all means use that.
The original recipe directs you to place the almonds on top of the ham-wrapped figs and goat cheese mixture. However, we didn’t think they’d stay atop the figs once encased, so we put the almond on top of the goat cheese and then wrapped it all in the thin slices of ham.
Just a word to the wise, let your guests know that there is a nut inside, so they aren’t surprised and think it’s a pit (as one of our guests thought)!
Prosciutto-Wrapped Figs with Goat Cheese and Honey
- 8 fresh figs, stemmed and halved lengthwise
- 1/4 cup ruby port
- Black pepper
- 4 oz. fresh goat cheese, at room temperature
- 2 Tbsp. honey
- 1 scallion, thinly sliced
- Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon
- 4 oz. very thinly sliced prosciutto, torn into 16 long strips
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
- 16 marcona or roasted almonds
- Small mint leaves, for garnish
- Arrange the figs cut side up on a plate. Drizzle with the port and season with black pepper. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, using a fork, blend the goat cheese with the honey, scallion and a pinch of flaky sea salt.
- Dollop small spoonfuls of the goat cheese on the fig halves. Wrap each cheese-topped fig half in a strip of ham and transfer to a platter. Drizzle the figs with olive oil, top with the almonds, mint and sea salt and serve.
Adapted from a recipe by Abraham Conlon for Food & Wine