A lot of us are probably familiar with this dish’s brother, prosciutto wrapped melon. And while that is delicious and nutritious as well, prosciutto wrapped figs hold a special place in my heart for the reasons below.
Oh, and while you can cook them in the oven to crisp up the prosciutto, why heat up the oven and your home during the summer when figs are in season? Just slice your prosciutto extra thin, quarter your fresh figs, wrap and enjoy!
They’re freaking delicious
This should almost be the number one reason for just about anything you eat, after all, even nutritious and healthy food can be delicious.
Why? A couple of reasons. Salt is not just one of the five primary tastes, but also a flavor enhancer (which is why you see salt in a cake recipe). Thus, just a touch can boost the sweetness of the figs.
We are also wired to want to experience a variety of tastes to round out our diet and get a variety of nutrition. If you ate just sweets you’d get tired of them. Same for salty. Thus, when you layer flavors together, our brains like this.
Most of us do not get enough fiber in our diet, so figs, naturally high in soluble fiber, can be a good source. This means they cannot only act as a natural laxative, but they will help you feel satiated so you eat less.
While I wouldn’t recommend this for losing weight be any means, it is a nice bonus when eating this dish.
Figs are a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps to control blood pressure. Since the prosciutto does have a good amount of salt, this potassium boost should help balance things out a bit.
Tons of other healthy stuff
There are all sorts of lists touting the benefits of figs. From building stronger bones (with magnesium, calcium, and vitamin K2) to helping heart health by lower levels of triglycerides.
I won’t get into this too much here, but needless to say, as long as you eat in moderation, figs are a healthy addition to any diet.
For those on a gluten-free and/or NSNG (no sugar, no grain) diets, it’s a very easy and satisfying snack or side.
The “recipe” I use doesn’t even call for you to turn on the oven. There are some that do (usually adding a bit of cheese to the party as well) which are delicious, but just wrapping them really couldn’t be simpler. Follow the recipe below, but really, it’s just cut prosciutto or have your butcher or deli cut it for you, cut your figs, wrap and eat.
- Thinly sliced prosciutto (the thinner the better)
- Quartered figs
- Basil leaves (optional)
- Sliced your prosciutto super thin, or better yet, have the butcher or deli guy do it for you.
- Quarter your figs.
- Take a slice of your prosciutto and wrap a fig. Insert a basil leaf for an extra touch of flavor and color if you want.
They look fancy
If you like, get extra fancy and add a basil leaf like in the picture for an added touch of color and flavor.
Very easy to make ahead as well. But don’t make TOO far ahead, like the day before, or your prosciutto may dry out too much.
So have you made prosciutto wrapped figs yourself? What do you think? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.