Salami Cups with Whipped Honey Ricotta and Fresh Figs

Total Time:
50 min
15 min
10 min
25 min

24 cups

  • 24 thin slices salami
  • 2 cups whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 4 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 ripe fresh figs, sliced into thin "coins"
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts, toasted and crushed
  • Fresh basil leaves, cut into chiffonade, for garnish
  • Special equipment: two 24-cup mini muffin tins and a piping bag, optional

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  • Arrange the salami slices over the cups of a 24-cup mini muffin tin (slightly overlapping is fine), then top with a second mini muffin tin, pressing the salami slices into the cups and compressing them. Flip the muffin tins over and put the whole thing on a baking sheet upside down. Top with a cast-iron pan for more compression. Bake for about 12 minutes, then remove the cast-iron pan carefully. Bake for an additional 12 minutes. Let the salami cups cool completely, dabbing any rendered fat with paper towels.

  • Using a hand mixer, whip the ricotta, mascarpone, honey, lemon juice, crushed red pepper and some salt until light and fluffly, about 2 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a piping bag (or make a piping bag using a resealable plastic bag).

  • Fill each salami cup with the some of the whipped ricotta mixture, then top with a couple slices of fig and some crushed hazelnuts. Garnish with the lemon zest and basil.

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