Holiday party appetizer recipes: Prosciutto-Wrapped Dried Figs with Walnuts

Recipe #2 from our festive natural greenery holiday party, DIYs, and Paleo-friendly recipes! A simple and fun prosciutto-wrapped dried fig, stuffed with walnut pieces.

The bacon-wrapped date is a party classic and favorite, but I wanted to try something a little different. I'm very new to fancy meat appetizers, but dried fruits do seem to usually go well with cured pork, right? And I wanted to use figs, although they're not fresh anymore so dried is the best I had. I see a lot of dried fruit/meat appetizers with cheese or goat cheese, but I don't do dairy most of the time so I wanted to do something tasty and interesting that was also dairy-free.

I buy dried figs and walnuts in the bulk foods section of the grocery store, and this was actually the first time I've ever bought prosciutto--one package was more than enough for plenty of these treats, so it's not too expensive, either.

Here they are as listed in our holiday party shoot, with a few other appetizers (including these dried cranberry/pork meatballs and another one I'll post about soon!).

Prosciutto-Wrapped Dried Figs with Walnuts

Ingredients:

  • 18 dried figs
  • 18 dried walnut halves or quarters (depending on size/variety of figs)
  • 9 pieces of prosciutto, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 18 toothpicks

Instructions:


  1. Cut stems off figs and make incision into fig from cut end.
  2. Push walnut halves or quarters (my figs were small so I used quarters) into figs.
  3. Wrap each fig in small slice of prosciutto and poke a toothpick all the way through.
  4. Optional (I did not do this): put some lard, butter, or coconut oil in a skillet and pan fry the wrapped figs, flipping as they sear. Or, roast in a 400 degree oven for 8-10 minutes. (I thought mine were prettier cold so I didn't cook or bake them!)

Serve cold if you don't cook them, and serve immediately after frying or baking if you do.

You could also try it with pecans or other nuts if they are local to you!

26 comments

  1. This sounds so yummy. I love the idea of the mix of sweat figs with something salty. Any ideas on what would work instead of prosciutto? I dont eat pork.
    Thanks.
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  2. What a unique twist to a classic party appetizer! I haven't had dried figs before, so I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the recipe!

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  3. I love love love sending and receiving holiday cards! The Minted cards look gorgeous and appear to be easy to put together (which is important for me!)

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  4. This looks like a perfectly simple and delicious app!

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  5. I love this as everyone has had the bacon wrapped dates before and turning it around with dried figs would be a fun surprise and as you pointed out, very one theme for the season! I also love how the plating added some green coloring to go with the reddish... :)

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  6. I do a similar appetizer that includes a gorgonzola filling. It really is wonderful, all that sweet and savory mixing together into one lovely little bite of delicious. And so easy to put together too.

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  7. We ordered our cards from Minted last year, and they turned out amazing -but now I feel a little pressured to outdo ourselves this year :) Although, this year we do have two new additions to our family (twins), so our cards will definitely be a lot cuter no matter what.

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  8. Those are gorgeous! We used Minted for our Save the Dates and I loved them!

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  9. Love the cards - I may be too late / lazy to put together holiday cards, but may have to check out Minted for our 2015 mailings!

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  10. Oh how I adore their wrapping paper!

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  11. I love the Hap-Happiest Christmas card the most!

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  12. The photo shoot turned out so pretty. I love the sprays of pine around the serving dish.

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  14. I just heard of minted recently (within the last month or so) and am in love! Thanks for hosting this giveaway! If i won, I'd save the giftcard til February (my baby is due in January) and use it on their birth announcement postcards which are absolutely adorable :D

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  15. Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway!

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  16. Oh, great, thanks!
    Looks like you have some great gift ideas on your blog, too! I made collages of mine using Photoshop this year but PicMonkey.com also has a collage feature you can play with and it's free. Or you can use Picasa (also free) and do a collage and drag the photos around however you want. (Then I suggest PicMonkey for adding numbers and text.)

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  17. That's true!! Photos of babies are always more exciting than a photo of just the couple--we look pretty much the same as last year! ;)

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  18. You can always do New Year's cards!

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  19. Aren't those foil prints gorgeous?!

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  20. Really?! I love them! But husband hates them, so who knows. Whole Foods has some amazing sweet-like-candy ones (tannish and white outsides), Adriatic figs, I think, in the bulk section. Try those first! ;)

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  21. Hmm, I don't know, when I was vegetarian and vegan I just ate plain figs! Or dipped in salty almond butter for a snack. ;) I see a lot of recipes that pair them with pork. They are good in salads, too, and you could do goat cheese and salted nuts or something on top.

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