Prosciutto Wrapped Figs Stuffed with Blue Cheese

by Gillian Nadel on July 11, 2011

By Gillian Nadel

When I was younger, I loved blue cheese dressing. The creamier the better. Throw it on top of a wedge of iceberg lettuce and I was in heaven. I was also three.

What? I was sophisticated for my age.

I’ve matured (slightly) but have never grown out of my love for the stinky cheese.  But rather than use the stuff from the bottle to disguise my lettuce, I’ve experimented with new ways to add hunks of the cheese into dishes. Blue cheese tarts? Yes, please. Crumbled into salads, stuffed into a burger or in my olive in a dirty martini…the list goes on.

When my mom served these delicious Prosciutto Wrapped Figs Stuffed with Blue Cheese hors d’œuvres, it was love at first bite. I can’t resist the saltiness of the prosciutto and cheese against the sweet fig in this elegant and incredibly simple summer dish!   Once the figs are stuffed and wrapped, they go on the grill (or do this in your oven) for about 4 minutes so that the prosciutto begins to crisp and the cheese slightly melts.

Though the ingredients can get pricey, these bites are rich so you won’t need to serve many of them to make a big impact.  I wowed friends with this dish and served them with red wine during cocktail hour.

Even the blue cheese naysayers were won over…and it had nothing to do with the amount of red wine consumed.

Prosciutto Wrapped Figs Stuffed with Blue Cheese

Serves 8

What You Need:

8 large figs, halved lengthwise
1/2 cup blue cheese, cut into chunks
8 slices prosciutto, thinly sliced, cut in half lengthwise
extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
freshly ground black pepper and sea salt

How-To:

Cut the figs lengthwise. Place one cube of cheese on the fig. The cheese should cover the seeded area. Cut prosciutto lengthwise and wrap a prosciutto slice around each fig half, so that the cheese is covered.

Brush the fig with olive oil for grilling.  Grill figs for about 2 minutes per side, or until prosciutto begins to crisp and cheese starts to melt. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

If you don’t have a grill, roast these in the oven for about 8 minutes at 400 degrees or crisp them in your frying pan.  Serve warm as an hors d’œuvre or an appetizer. Makes 16 figs.

Don’t like that? Try This: If you don’t share my blue cheese addiction, try this recipe with goat cheese!

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Maureen July 11, 2011 at 6:10 am

There is no better combination than blue cheese and figs I reckon. I make little appetizer tarts with blue cheese and home made fig jam that are to die for.

These look fantastic!

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Gina (The Candid RD) July 11, 2011 at 6:29 am

Funny, I was actually just thinking this would taste amazing with goat cheese! I love that you were a blue cheese fan as a child, I was definitely NOT. Now I am, but I do prefer goat these days, it’s so creamy and rich!

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A Plum By Any Other Name July 11, 2011 at 6:35 am

Oh man. I’ve made it my goal to master the grill this season. And these are so heading to the top of the list next time I light the coals … I definitely share your blue cheese addiction. ;)

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Simply Life July 11, 2011 at 6:41 am

oh these look like the best appetizer!

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Joanne July 11, 2011 at 6:45 am

I am a total and utter fig fiend. And blue cheese is pretty high up there on my list of obsessions also. Meaning…this is basically my ideal summer meal!

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Erica July 11, 2011 at 6:59 am

A very pretty dish! This would be an awesome party appetizer. I wish I was more of a blue cheese fan!

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Kitchen Belleicious July 11, 2011 at 7:06 am

I have never really been a fig person but seeing these dainty little things wrapped up in gorgeous prosciutto and stuffed is actually making my mouth water- go figure! I might need to take baby steps with figs and this looks like the perfect way! beautiful photos Maris

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marla July 11, 2011 at 7:16 am

The perfect combo of sweet & savory. Makes me want to take a trip to Italy :)

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bellini July 11, 2011 at 7:22 am

These little morsels are exceptional!!

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Three-Cookies July 11, 2011 at 7:23 am

You do have a well developed palate, loving blue cheese when you were 3. I only recently started to like it!

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Greg July 11, 2011 at 7:33 am

Am sooooo glad fresh figs are almost here! Such a classic.

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Heather @girlichef July 11, 2011 at 7:53 am

I love bleu cheese, too…especially in this combination. It’s simply glorious!

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yummychunklet July 11, 2011 at 7:56 am

These look like heavenly bites! I had roasted figs at a party this weekend, and I bet this version would’ve been even better!

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Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen July 11, 2011 at 7:58 am

Delicious!!! I love figs and blue cheese. I have never tried them together. I am all over this recipe. Yummy! :)

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Lori @ RecipeGirl July 11, 2011 at 8:55 am

Love this simple sort of recipe. So delicious and the perfect appetizer!

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sheila @ Elements July 11, 2011 at 9:12 am

Prosciutto and figs are perfect together, and I love how you wrapped them up together! I have to tell ya though that I don’t like blue cheese at all. Bet it would be great with goat cheese though! :)

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T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types July 11, 2011 at 9:45 am

Love it that you grill the figs. Blue cheese is my all time favorite.

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Delishhh July 11, 2011 at 10:08 am

OH YUM! So easy, simple and just delicious. Very Nice!

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lisa @ smart food and fit July 11, 2011 at 10:27 am

These are so adorable! I’m going to make these for appetizers when my Italian aunt comes over for dinner! I think I’ll use Gorgonzola cheese instead of blue cheese for my aunt!

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Junia @ Mis Pensamientos July 11, 2011 at 10:31 am

ahhh i love figs!! what a schmancy way to stuff and wrap them :D

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sippitysup July 11, 2011 at 10:58 am

A blue cheese loving three year old can only grow into my kind of adult. GREG

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sarah July 11, 2011 at 11:15 am

I cannot wait to try this. I’m a big fan of fig + prosciutto. Blue cheese would give this such a great little bite. MMMMMM

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Blond Duck July 11, 2011 at 11:42 am

I was just telling Ben yesterday I wanted to try figs.

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Gen July 11, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Love figs aaand I love prosciutto! Haven’t tried blue cheese yet, but this looks really delicious! :D

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Linda July 11, 2011 at 1:37 pm

You had to be one of the rarest 3 yr olds to eat blue cheese!! I simply love gorgonzola but this love didn’t bloom until I was in my 20′s!! This appetizer is one of my favorites! Creamy cheese on top of ripe figs, wrapped in prosciutto…. heaven, absolutely heaven!!

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Melissa@IWasBornToCook July 11, 2011 at 1:41 pm

One of my favorite ways to use the figs from my tree. Yum!

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Juliana July 11, 2011 at 1:58 pm

This wrapped fig is the perfect appetizer…love the sweetness of the fig combined with the creaminess of the cheese and the savory prosciutto…yummie! Have a great week ahead :-)

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Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 July 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I just got some fresh figs in my CSA basket this weekend and I was looking for something fun to do with them. Thanks!

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Dishes of Mrs. Fish July 11, 2011 at 3:26 pm

My husband would love this dish! Thanks for sharing!

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rebecca July 11, 2011 at 3:57 pm

delicious gourmet treat

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Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Great guest post, these look delicious!

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Caroline July 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm

You’re title made me crack up–too cute. I LOVE pairing figs with prosciutto, such a great combo, with the sweetness of the figs and saltiness of the prosciutto. Yum!!

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alyssa - fashion fitness foodie July 11, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I cant believe you liked blue cheese at the age of 3! The little girls I used to nanny for would eat it with a spoon! I couldnt believe it.

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Erin @ The Speckled Palate July 11, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Wow. This looks amazing and simple and something that we could totally use in our kitchen! We’ve got a fig tree growing in our side yard, and I have had to get creative with our uses of the figs because there are SO MANY. Thanks for sharing!

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Beth July 11, 2011 at 6:25 pm

I love these appetizers but I’ve never made them. Thanks for giving me a reason to try!

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Donna July 11, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Couldn’t agree with you more. Figs are a recent discovery for me and we LOVE them!

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Tanvi@SinfullySpicy July 11, 2011 at 6:43 pm

I love fresh figs but mostly eat them in desserts or on their own.This sounds like a perfect way to serve them as a fun appetizer.Thanks for sharing!

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Reeni July 11, 2011 at 7:30 pm

The sweet and salty aspect is driving my taste buds wild! Wish I had a few right now!

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Kate (What Kate is Cooking) July 11, 2011 at 8:34 pm

I LOVE fruit and cheese together! Blue cheese is a recent love of mine- I can’t believe you liked it when you were that young, haha!

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Lisa from Lisas Yarns July 11, 2011 at 8:56 pm

I have had these before (or something similar) at a party and they were TO DIE FOR. So good! I should be ambitious and make them sometime. I have never worked with figs before and I get intimidated by working with ingredients I am not familiar with!! So silly!

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Tracy July 11, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Love this simple appetizer!

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Raquel @ Erecipe July 11, 2011 at 9:12 pm

this is such a wonderful recipe, I love to try this

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NancyC July 11, 2011 at 10:01 pm

I like blue cheese alot, too. These appetizers sound really good!

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Bee July 11, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Thank you for the sweet comment. Hopefully this means I’m back in the blogging world for a bit :)

These look so gourmet and delish! I have never seen figs in a supermarket ever though, so I think I’d have trouble making this, heh.

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Kathleen July 11, 2011 at 10:10 pm

This is my perfect appetizer! LOVE it!

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Angie@Angiesrecipes July 11, 2011 at 10:52 pm

oh yes…lots of blue cheese please! I love those little cuties.

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Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella July 12, 2011 at 12:18 am

This is one of my favourite ways to eat figs! Perhaps Gillian should start her own blog as it looks great! :D

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Rosa July 12, 2011 at 2:19 am

A marvelous combination and great apperitive item!

Cheers,

Rosa

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Blond Duck July 12, 2011 at 5:56 am

Would you like to be featured at the Pond?

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Wendy July 12, 2011 at 8:50 am

Love figs, blue cheese and prosciutto! Thanks!

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The Harried Cook July 12, 2011 at 10:16 am

Great post! Love the combination of figs and prosciutto! Loved reading this…

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Nami @ Just One Cookbook July 12, 2011 at 5:15 pm

I’ve seen this combination before and it’s on my to make list! My mom loves figs and I need to find fresh one to make this. It will taste amazing for sure!

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Brandy July 12, 2011 at 11:24 pm

I love this idea. Sounds amazing. Being from Louisiana, I have fond fig memories. Adding blue cheese and proscuitto sounds so wrong that it’s so right! Thanks for the idea.

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brandi July 13, 2011 at 9:06 am

definitely planning to make something similar now that our figs are ripening!

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shannon July 13, 2011 at 10:53 am

oh my, i’ve done goat cheese stuffed figs with balsamic, but this also sounds delicious!!!

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Geni July 13, 2011 at 9:24 pm

These look delectable. Why is it though anything wrapped in prosciutto looks slightly offensive? Just for the record, I am not dogging on your figs and prosciutto, but I was going to try to post a grilled asparagus with prosciutto and no matter what, it looked kind of gross. You have managed to make your apps look quite tantalizing though. :)

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naomi July 15, 2011 at 9:25 am

Ah, this is one of my favorite combinations!

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