Monday, August 25, 2014

[Gluten-Free] Dried Figs Wrapped in Prosciutto

There’s a clever saying that goes, “You never know how many friends you have until you have a beach house.”  But when Patrick and I moved out to the beach, we weren’t so sure if the saying was true.  All of a sudden there was at least a 35-minute drive separating us from our “in-town” friends.  Would they be willing to make the hike to visit us “beach people?”

The answer is YES!  They come to spend the weekend, they come for parties (most recently our "Thanksgiving in July" party), and they also come for no reason at all.  And I have this thing where I always want to welcome them with food…shocker.  It doesn’t matter if you show up at our house morning or midnight, you better believe I’m going to serve you something. 

Like last week, when my friend Angela came over for a holiday photo shoot.  I made nine dishes for us to style and shoot.  But I couldn’t help myself!  I still wanted to welcome her with a little something special.  Luckily, I’ve gotten pretty good at keeping my fridge and pantry stocked with key ingredients so that even on the busiest of days, I can whip up a quick bite for someone.

This time, I decided to make my Dried Figs Wrapped in Prosciutto.  They’re the perfect sweet and salty bite and really easy to make.  Plus, I remembered that Angela loved them when I made them for our last photoshoot.  Perfect!  I served them alongside a big pitcher filled with water, citrus slices, and mint sprigs.  Hey, if you’re going to stay hydrated, do it with a little style. 

So how did the photo shoot go?  Let’s see… We ate.  We laughed.  We ate again.   Oh, and got some amazing photos.  I can’t wait to share them with you!  But I’m going to have to wait until they show up in a national magazine!!  Say what?!  Stay tuned for details, but until then, try these!

Dried Figs Wrapped in Prosciutto
This is probably one of the easiest and tastiest appetizers of all time!  They are so easy to pop in your mouth in between your sips of wine.  Serve them on their own or as part of an antipasto platter.  Either way, your guests will love them!

Makes 20 pieces

10 dried mission figs

3-5 thin prosciutto slices


Slice off the tops of each fig.  Then cut each fig in half lengthwise. 

Slice the prosciutto into 20 small slices that are long enough to wrap around each fig half. 

Take one fig half and wrap with one of the prosciutto slices.  Secure with a toothpick.  Repeat until all figs are wrapped.  Serve and enjoy!

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