One of the best things about living in Southern California is the abundance of fresh produce. We have a farmers market here, every day of the week! Unlike many parts of the country – fresh fruit is always available. One of my favorite market finds, is fresh figs. There are so many things you can do with fresh figs, and grilling them is the best. It brings out the sweetness of the fruit and gives it a nice smokey flavor.
I love to split the figs, brush them with a little olive oil and place them right on the grill. ~ Lorri Allen
My all time favorite way to fix them is to cut them down the middle, leaving the bottom of the fig attached. Carefully open the fig and stuff them with a good helping of your favorite blue cheese. Place the two halves together and now wrap the fig with a slice of prosciutto, making sure to cover the entire fig.
Place the stuffed-wrapped-split-fig on a medium hot grill and cook until the ham becomes crisp. The fig will cook and the cheese will melt, making a delicious little package. Or, if you don’t have any cheese, wrap the split fig with prosciutto and grill until crispy. It makes an easy and elegant appetizer!
If you’re more adventurous, use the cheese, prosciutto and grilled figs on top of a pizza.
The combination is, as my buddy Barry says: Dee-Lish-Us! ~ Lorri
Lorri Allen is a professional cook and caterer living in Southern California. You can check out her fan page Cook’s Table on Facebook.