Serrano Ham-Wrapped Figs

"These figs are easy to pick up and eat if you happen to be using your other hand for a glass of sangria!"

Total Time:
1 hr 20 min
Prep:
1 hr
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • For the figs:
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice berries
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 16 dried Mission figs
  • 2 ounces Serrano ham or prosciutto, sliced paper-thin
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • For the crema:
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese (preferably La Peral; about 2 ounces)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon roasted garlic
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Directions
  • Prepare the figs: Combine the wine, 1 cup water, the cloves, allspice and peppercorns in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Pour over the figs in a large bowl and let soak at room temperature, 1 hour. (The figs can be prepared up to 1 week ahead; refrigerate in an airtight container.)

  • Meanwhile, make the crema: Combine the blue cheese, cream cheese, mayonnaise, buttermilk and roasted garlic in a blender; puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. (The crema can be made up to 1 day ahead; refrigerate in an airtight container.)

  • Drain the figs and remove the stems. Carefully wrap each fig with a piece of ham, trimming as necessary. Place small dollops of the crema on a serving platter. Arrange the wrapped figs on the crema and drizzle with the vinegar.

  • Photograph by Ryan Liebe


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