Thursday, May 13, 2010

Figs & Goat Cheese 2 Ways

Mediterranean tapas, mezze or appetizers, whatever you wish to call them, are often quick and simple to make. Yes, there are 3 appetizers on the plate, but the title doesn't imply fuzzy math. Only 2 of the hors d'oeuvres contain figs, and only 2 utilize goat cheese. So with few ingredients you can still produce variety.

fresh figs
thinly sliced prosciutto
2 young zucchini
goat cheese
mint leaves

Wash and trim the ends of the zucchini, then slice lengthwise into thin strips. Grill on the stove top in a non stick grill pan with ridges. If you do not have a nonstick pan brush each strip of zucchini with olive oil. Grill until tender then set aside.

Wash the figs, pat dry, trim off the stems, then cut lengthwise. Wrap half of the figs with prosciutto and plate. Set aside the remainder.

Chiffonade the mint and mix with the goat cheese. If the cheese is crumbly, add a small amount of milk or cream to the mix. When it is smooth, place a heaping teaspoon of the cheese on one end of the grilled zucchini (you may also add a mint leaf), and roll setting the zucchini on one end, so you don't need to secure it with a toothpick. Add generous spoonfuls of the cheese mixture to the remaining figs and garnish with a small mint leaf.

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