Monday, October 12, 2009

Fig, Blue Cheese and Prosciutto Appetizer idea

Now, here's a simple appetizer idea that should wow your friends at dinner parties. It not only looks sophisticated and upscale but it tastes great as well. The key to this appetizer is the delicate balance between the natural sweetness of the fig and the saltiness of the blue cheese and prosciutto.

The common fig is a popular fruit grown in parts of the Middle-East like Iran, the Mediterranean and also northern India. Here in the United States, figs are grown in California, Texas, Oregon and Washington state. I love fresh figs because they impart a natural sweetness that is unique in both taste and texture.

To prep this appetizer, start off by buying thinly sliced prosciutto, fresh figs and a small block of blue cheese. You don't need to use much of the cheese because it is pungent and can easily overwhelm the other two ingredients. Cut the figs into slices, making sure they are not too thin or the slice will easily fall apart on you. Also, you want more of the sweetness of the figs to come through to counter the pungency of the blue cheese and the saltiness of the prosciutto. Break off a small piece of blue cheese, place it on top of the fig and roll a small slice of prosciutto around the cheese and sliced fig.

Voila! Very easy and no cooking required! Have fun!

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