Don’t you think that figs, cheese and smoked ham are one of those matches made in heaven? Well, I think it is 🙂 The sweetness of the figs together with the saltiness of the ham topped with this creamy delicious cheese… just yummy 🙂
Figs are one of those fruits that I wish were available all year around. I grew up waiting for summer to arrive and one of the reasons was: figs!!! Back home we have a fig tree in the back yard. But what I really liked was to travel to my uncle’s house, back in the hills, where I would just sit under one of his many fig trees and just enjoy it… believe me, not a good idea to eat figs straight from the tree while they’re still warm but it’s too delicious to walk away 🙂
In this case I made Figs with Brie Cheese and Serrano ham, but of course you can use other types of cheese and ham. My advise would be to use a creamy cheese or at least a type of cheese that will melt easily as you don’t want to over cook the figs – Camembert cheese or Gruyere cheese would be good alternatives. Then try to pair it with a good quality smoked ham to help accentuate the cheese and figs flavour.
I guarantee you that this starter will be on my table quite often during the figs season 🙂
Figs with Brie Cheese & Serrano ham
- 4 ripe figs
- Brie cheese as needed
- 2 tbsp honey
- 4 thin slices of Serrano ham
- Walnuts to taste
- Pepper to taste
- Wash the figs thoroughly and dry skin with paper towels.
- Cut the tip of each fig and make two cuts crosswise so that the figs are opened (in bloom) slightly.
- Place a cheese cube in center of each fig.
- Take to the grill, just long enough to melt the cheese
- Meanwhile, place 2 slices of ham on each serving plate.
- Remove the figs from the oven and put 2 figs on each plate on top of the ham.
- Drizzle with honey, sprinkle with pepper and serve with some walnuts on each plate.