Fig Prosciutto Wraps

figsFig and prosciutto are a classic combination. Search out La Quercia prosciutto or other brands that use humanely-raised, heritage pork.

Ingredients
16 thin slices prosciutto
16 whole dried figs
Fresh pepper, coarsely ground

Method

  • Wrap a slice of prosciutto around each fig. Grind pepper on top and drizzle with olive oil.

Makes 16.

Brussels Sprouts With Bacon and Figs

brussBaconfigsThis is another great recipe adapted from Mark Bittman. It’s a good introduction to Brussels sprouts. Bacon and figs would make cardboard taste good.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 slices of bacon, chopped
1 pound Brussels sprouts
1 cup figs, chopped (dried or fresh)
1/4 cup water
Salt and black pepper to taste
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

Method:

  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add oil, then bacon. Cook, stirring occasionally, until it starts to crisp, 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Cut bottoms off sprouts and discard. Slice Brussels sprouts as thinly as possible. Use a mandoline or food processor if you want.
  • Add sprouts, figs and water to skillet. Season with salt and pepper and cook until sprouts are tender, about 5 to 10 minutes, or until water evaporates. Stir occasionally.
  • Drizzle with vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm.

Serves 4.