Excerpted, with permission, from http://bettereats.com/
Completely blow the minds of your
competition errr Company this Holiday Season! In addition to beautiful and delicious… it is pretty good for you, too! Fig fruit is low in calories. 100 grams of fresh figs are only 74 calories. However, they contain health benefits like soluble dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins, and pigment anti-oxidants that contribute immensely to your optimum health and wellness!
Yeah! So, go ahaead and make this Martha-Worth appetizer for your next party and wow your friends!
- 16 medium figs dried - about 8 ounces
- 1/2 cup port
- 1 tablespoon vinegar balsamic
- 1/4 cup cheese crumbled Gorgonzola - 2 ounces
- 1/4 cup cream cheese reduced-fat - softened
- 1 teaspoon rosemary fresh - chopped
- 2 ounces prosciutto - sliced and trimmed of fat
- pepper black, coarsely ground - to taste
Snip the stem off each fig and make a crisscross cut two-thirds of the way down to partially open the fig. Trim the base of each fig so it will sit upright when finished.
Place the figs, port and vinegar in a small saucepan; cook, uncovered, over low heat, shaking the pan occasionally, until the figs are plumped and softened and most of the liquid is reduced, 10 to 15 minutes. Set aside until cool enough to handle.
Meanwhile, combine Gorgonzola, cream cheese and rosemary in a small bowl; blend with a fork.
Cover and refrigerate until the figs are cooled.
Cut prosciutto into 1/4-inch-wide ribbons.
Using a teaspoon, melon baller or small spoon, place a dollop of cheese mixture in the opening of each fig.
Garnish each appetizer with a ribbon of prosciutto. Dust with a grinding of pepper.