Holiday party appetizer recipes: Prosciutto-Wrapped Dried Figs with Walnuts
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
- 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
- Cut stems off figs and make incision into fig from cut end.
- Push walnut halves or quarters (my figs were small so I used quarters) into figs.
- Wrap each fig in small slice of prosciutto and poke a toothpick all the way through.
- 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!