Why fire up the grill just to cook one thing? When you learn that you can grill a variety of dishes, the possibilities are endless.
Then again, the fun of grilling is taking it easy grill side. Getting overwhelmed with a broader menu? This undoes what the grilling experience is really all about: enjoying great food outdoors, the smell of food cooking over wood coals, the laughter and good cheer with friends and family.
Choosing recipes that augment this experience is the trick. This is one of those that will become an instant classic, a go-to appetizer consumed at the grill. To make this, it’s really just an assembly job using only three ingredients. Our guests showed us this amazing combo; it’s perfect before it’s grilled so why tinker with it? Why grill it? Just by placing it on the myGrill™ Chef SMART, the wood charcoal heats the natural sugars in the fig so they caramelize, heightening the sweetness. Because of the lack of direct flames, there’s no risk of burning them. The salty prosciutto goes crisp on the bottom and the gorgonzola just warms through, resulting in a perfect marriage of textures: sweet and salty; crispy and creamy. All of this awesomeness can be achieved in just over 5 minutes. The only thing that limits you is the availability of black figs, which are now at the height of their season here in the Eastern Med.
Grilled black figs + gorgonzola + prosciutto
serves 6 (one large fig per person)
Rinse and slcie stems of:
- 6 large black figs
Cut into six cubes:
@ 100 gr./3.5 oz gorgonzola piccante
Plunge the top half of your thumb into the center of the fig. Place a cube of gorgonzola into the center of the fig. Wrap fig with a paper-thin slice of
prosciutto di Parma (allow one slice per fig)
Remove the prepared figs to a platter. Using the stainless steel grate of the myGrill™ CHEF SMART™, place the figs carefully so that they are resting securely over the grate. Leave in place for 3 minutes. Using a pair of tongs, gently move them to ensure the caramelizing figs do not stick to the grate. After 2-3 minutes, remove the figs to individual plates or a platter. Serve immediately.
Tips for success
- Allow the prosciutto to be your guide to indicate when the figs are ready: the prosciutto should be slightly darkened and crisp on the bottom.
- The goal is not to cook the figs through but to warm them to draw out the flavor. Be careful not to overcook them on the grill.
- Use a spatula to remove the figs from the grill.
- If serving the figs as a first course, cook them last as they only take just over five minutes to cook.
- Serve with a small glass of fruity white wine which complements the flavors nicely.