Baked Figs wrapped in Parma Ham

When I was a teenager, we lived in Turkey, where we would pick green figs fresh from trees, peel them and eat. Much nice than the dried alternative associated with Christmas, or worse still {shudder} Fig Rolls.

This is a simple recipe that I first developed a few years ago, and haven’t done since as I keep missing the figs when they’re in season. In fact, I only came across them by accident in Tesco yesterday when I was hunting for some red onions! I think I was originally inspired by some other fruit and meat combination, but it was such a long time ago, that today I was essentially starting from scratch.

To serve 2 of us, I had:

  • 4 figs
  • 2 slices parma ham
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 0.5 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon red wine (just opened to go with dinner!)

2 of the figs were wrapped in strips of parma ham – the slices I had were wide, so I folded them over lengthways before wrapping them around the figs, and then secured the meat in place using a cocktail stick pushed through the middle. These were placed in a pre-heated oven at 200c for around 10 minutes (the ham needs to be brown and crispy).

The other 2 figs were put to work to make a sauce. They were peeled, chopped and thrown into my food processor along with the rest of the ingredients. Once blended together, the sauce was heated very gently on a low heat. Cooking time is nicely matched to the baked figs.

The 2 parts of the dishes were then put together – presentation isn’t my best area, but I’m trying! The sauce gives the dish a sharp and sweet flavour, whilst the crispy ham against the soft fig gives a lovely contrast of textures.  We found sharp knives were required due to the softness of the fig – in much the same way you would find with slightly soft tomatoes.  The downside of this dish is – it doesn’t last long! Of course, you could always provide 2 figs per portion…

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5 Responses to “Baked Figs wrapped in Parma Ham”

  1. Oh, this looks really lovely. When we moved two years ago, we discovered we now owned two large fig trees, and now we are always looking out for new ways to use them [other than devouring them right off the tree!].

    In return, here a link to a fig kuchen recipe we are currently enjoying.

    http://wordtapestry.wordpress.com/2008/09/26/fig-and-almond-kuchen/

  2. Hi there, I didn’t visit, but the other household blogger did, I see.
    Happy to have you visit my blog.

    Now I’m considering going out to find some parma ham. Wouldn’t it be great as a side dish for Thanksgiving?

  3. helenphillips Says:

    Thanks both for stopping by and leaving comments!

    It’s a light dish, and I guess the fig would make an interesting alternative to Cranberry with your Turkey.

  4. Much as I love fresh figs and gorgeous as that looks, you’ve now given me a craving for Fig Rolls. LOL

  5. helenphillips Says:

    Oh you freak Hooby. Fig Rolls are the devil’s food. LOL

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