Prosciutto-Wrapped Figs with Glazed Walnuts

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Main Ingredient: Pork
Menu Part: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Type: Italian
Serves: 12

Sweet and salty, these wrapped figs are great to nibble on. Glazed walnuts ad an extra-special touch.

Ingredients

Glazed Walnuts:
1/2 lb. walnuts, shelled
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. pepper, freshly ground

Fig Sauce:

4 fresh figs, halved
1/2 cup, 2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1 1/2 tbsp. honey
2 1/2 tbsp. red wine vinegar

Figs:
6 fresh figs, halved
12 fresh mint leaves
4 oz. blue cheese, crumbled
1/4 lb. prosciutto, thinly sliced
Clarified butter, as needed
Frisee, for garnish



Steps

1. For walnuts: Preheat oven to 250°F. Boil walnuts for 2 min. in med. saucepan. Drain and cool. Place in oven for 15 min. Toss nuts with molasses, cayenne, and pepper. Return to oven to dry 15 or so min.

2. Fig Sauce: Preheat to 350°F. Mix figs, sugar, and 2 tbsp. olive oil. Place figs, cut side up, in oven for 10 min. Puree figs with honey and vinegar in blender. Add remaining oil while still blending.

3. Figs: Lay a mint leaf on each fig half and top with 1 tbsp. blue cheese. Wrap each bundle with a slice of prosciutto and skewer. Sauté skewers in small amount of butter until prosciutto is slightly crisp.

4. To Serve: Place frisee on platter with skewers on top. Drizzle sauce and sprinkle with walnuts.