8 perfectly ripe black figs, washed and stems trimmed
8 slices smoked cured ham such a Portuguese Presunto (Prosciutto can be substituted)
Carefully cut each fig almost in half lengthwise, cutting down to but not through the skin. Rotate 90 degrees and repeat to divide the fig into 4 sections attached at the base. Squeeze together at the base as you would a baked potato. Place one slice of Presunto on the counter in front of you. Place one fig in the center, and draw up edges of ham, fluting all around into fold. Press well to hold. Repeat with remaining figs and ham. Serve 2 wrapped figs per person.
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