Friday, October 20, 2006

Fantastic new appetizer.

With company coming this weekend, I set out in search of a new appetizer to make. I love appetizers and I'm always looking for something new and yummy to make. As I was searching, I found several recipes that were quite different from the sorts of appetizers I'm usually drawn to, so I decided to step out of the comfort zone and try something new. Coincidentally, both appetizers I found happened to involve figs - something I've never cooked with before.

The fig appetizer we tried tonight was amazing. Elegant in presentation and unusual in its combination of ingredients, it was a delight to the eyes and the taste buds. The saltiness of the prosciutto and goat cheese, paired with the sweetness of the figs and accented by the peppery arugula - it all worked beautifully.

Prosciutto is topped with goat cheese and figs and drizzled with olive oil/lemon juice.

Next, the arugula leaves.......
It's fairly easy to prepare - you just have to make sure the prosciutto isn't too thin and that the goat cheese is very soft. I warmed my goat cheese in the microwave which made it very easy to spread, but I think it altered the texture too much - after it was chilled again, it became crumbly. I feared that might happen, but it was worth a try.

This will be a definite repeater for us. It would make a nice summertime appetizer as it requires no cooking whatsoever.

Prosciutto Rolls with Arugula and Figs appetizer with figs and goat cheese again, but a little different........

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  1. The appetizers (and your photos) look beautiful! I have dried figs sitting around and I don't even know why I bought them. I'll have to try these.

  2. Alysha, it looks so delicious! A trick with goat cheese that we use at work? Soften it by beating with a mixer and adding a touch of cream or milk to it.

  3. Tracy - Thanks. :) I do that all the time with ingredients! I have cream in the fridge that I cannot remember why I bought it. Of course with cream, I'll have no trouble figuring out how to use though...

    Linda - Thanks for the tip! The microwave worked okay, but it would be better to avoid that crumbly texture.

  4. That's an excellent new appetizer, I would love to try these!

  5. Brilynn - Definitely try it if you get the chance. Yum!