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With holiday season parties in sight, it’s nice to have easy appetizers you can count on. That’s what we had in mind when we ran our holiday appetizer contest last week, and today we’re sharing one of the winners.

Michelle T. sent us this classy and easy appetizer idea. We love the contrast of flavors and textures: creamy goat cheese with crisp arugula, and sweet figs with salty prosciutto. It’s an easy appetizer you can make ahead and keep in the fridge until show time.

Figs and prosciutto are a classic Italian flavor combination, fit for any celebration. For a warm version, bake figs stuffed with goat cheese or gorgonzola cheese and wrapped in prosciutto. Or use them as toppings on a gourmet pizza.

Ingredients

  • 1 (4- or 5-oz) pkg prosciutto
  • 1 (5-oz) pkg goat cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups arugula, loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried figs
  • Black pepper

Instructions

  1.  Lay prosciutto slices out a sheet of Saran wrap, slightly overlapping the slices until you have a rectangle of approx. 6 x 14 inches, and have it facing you in landscape orientation. (We found it helpful to use a double layer of prosciutto, since the thin layers are quite fragile.)
  2. Spread goat cheese on prosciutto, being careful not to tear prosciutto. Lay arugula evenly on goat cheese, leaving a 1/2-inch border on the far long edge; this will make it easier to “seal” the log when you’re done rolling. Scatter chopped figs over arugula, and sprinkle liberally with cracked black pepper.
  3. Using Saran wrap, roll the prosciutto up along the long edge, pressing down to “tighten” roll up. Wrap roll in the Saran Wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  4. Slice into 1/2 inch thick slices and serve.  Serving on extra arugula leaves makes a pretty presentation.

Prep time: 15 minutes (not counting 1 hr refrigeration time afterward)
Serves: 8