Gorgonzola cheese meets dried figs poached in port in this recipe. The result: a thoroughly elegant holiday appetizer.
Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours.
- 16 dried Mission figs (about 8 ounces)
- 1/2 cup port
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (2 ounces)
- 1/4 cup reduced-fat cream cheese, softened (2 ounces)
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
- 2 ounces sliced prosciutto, trimmed of fat
- Coarsely ground pepper to taste
Snip the stem off each fig and make a crisscross cut two-thirds of the way down to partially open the fig. Trim the base of each fig so it will sit upright when finished.
Place the figs, port and vinegar in a small saucepan; cook, uncovered, over low heat, shaking the pan occasionally, until the figs are plumped and softened and most of the liquid is reduced, 10-15 minutes. Set aside until cool enough to handle.
Meanwhile, combine the Gorgonzola, cream cheese and rosemary in a small bowl; blend with a fork. Cover and refrigerate until the figs are cooled. Cut the prosciutto into 1/4-inch-wide ribbons.
Using a teaspoon, melon baller or small spoon, place a dollop of cheese mixture in the opening of each fig. Garnish each appetizer with a ribbon of prosciutto. Dust with a grinding of pepper.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
76 calories; 2g total fat; 1g total saturated fat; 7mg cholesterol; 109mg sodium; 11g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 2g protein
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