Sunday, April 22, 2007

Cheese-Filled Figs in Salami

Creating an inspired hors d'oeuvre when starving and in a strange grocery store that is not always the best can be hard to do, but this turned out surprisingly great.

Even more easy-going, these get better after sitting out for a while. If your grocery store is better stocked than where I went, consider mascarpone instead of cream cheese, and perhaps a drizzle of pesto or pureed basil. The store I went to was clean out of basil. :)

Cheese-Filled Figs in Salami:
(makes about 20 appetizers)

8 oz thin-sliced premium salami (get the best you can, it matters)
4 oz cream cheese or mascarpone, softened to room temperature
2 tbs balsamic vinegar, plus extra for drizzling
Olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Dried black mission figs

Mix cream cheese (or mascarpone) with balsamic and black pepper and salt to taste. Cut off tops of figs, scrape out insides, fill with cream cheese/mascarpone mix. I used a plastic sandwich bag with the tip cut off as a piping bag to fill the figs.

Wrap filled fig with a piece of salami and spear with a toothpick to hold in place. Drizzle with balsamic, olive oil and pesto (if using) and season with salt and pepper. Serve.


Lis said...

I've been stuffing mascarpone in figs for years now, it's so delish! I truly love the idea of the balsamic mixed in with the cheese and the whole thing wrapped in salami? *swoon* I've use prosciutto but now I want to try salami! Yum!


Patricia Scarpin said...

What a great idea to prepare when friends come for dinner!

Kirsten said...

Thanks Lisa and Patricia!!

Lis, mascarpone is the best, I had to deal w/ cream cheese, but it wasn't my 1st choice. Prosciutto or salami, all great!! :)

Hi Patricia, thanks!

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