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Assorted Fig Appetizers

Courses: Starters and appetizers
Serves: 6 people

Recipe Ingredients

18   Dried figs
1 cup 237mlWhite wine
3 teaspoons 15mlMascarpone cheese
  Grated zest of 1/2 lemon
2 tablespoons 30mlFinely-chopped pistachios
1 teaspoon 5mlHoney
2 oz 56gThinly-sliced prosciutto

Recipe Instructions

Bring the figs and wine to a simmer in a saucepan over low heat and cook until the figs are soft, about 5 minutes. Remove the figs with a slotted spoon. Continue cooking the wine until very thick and syrupy, about 10 minutes. Reserve.

Cut 1/4 inch off the tops of 6 figs and set the figs, cut-side up, on a serving platter. Top each with one-half teaspoon of the cheese and sprinkle with the lemon zest.

Remove the stems from 6 more figs and halve the figs lengthwise. Pile the pistachios on a small plate and press the cut portion of each fig into them until the nuts adhere. Arrange the pistachio fig halves on the serving platter and drizzle with a little honey.

Remove the stems from the remaining figs and halve the figs crosswise. Make a small cavity in each center with the tip of your finger. Cut the prosciutto into one-half-inch-wide strips; roll each into a bundle and press into each fig. Place the stuffed figs on the serving platter and drizzle with the wine syrup.

Dietary Information:

Each serving of 3 pieces: 222 calories; 5 grams protein; 39 grams carbohydrates; 7 grams fiber; 4 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 11 mg. cholesterol; 192 mg. sodium.

"The Los Angeles Times, 08-18-2004"


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