- 8 figs
- 8 thin slices of Italian prosciutto
- 8 tea spoons of goat ricotta (or fresh goat cheese)
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Le Marche and Food
Discover Le Marche rich cuisine, great traditional and tasty food in between the coast and the mountain. A cuisine made by excellent products GMO-free, mostly organic or from sustainable techniques, supplied daily by skilled farmers, fishermen and harvesters: from tender shrimp to Conero muscles and from the white truffles of Acqualagna to ascolana olives stuffed with meat or fish, one of the most popular of the ascolana-style fried dishes.
Curated by Mariano Pallottini
Baked sweet figs wrapped in salty prosciutto, stuffed with stinky sheep's milk cheese is a sweet and savory way to start your meal. This is also a perfect example of balancing flavors - (if any of you has taken one of our cooking classes, this is what Jason refers to as FASSA: fat, acid, sweet, salt & aromatic). Instead of a soft sweet cheese that many recipes call for when stuffing in figs, we went the opposite direction - using the sharpest, stinkiest cheese we can find, which means formaggio di fossa (sheep's milk cheese aged in a pit from Le Marche, Italy). Read a past post about unearthing this unique cheese.
Formaggio di Fossa from Beltrami in Le Marche, Italy
Baked Figs with Prosciutto and Formaggio di Fossa
Ingredients - serves 4
Sweet dreams are made of this... Baked spiced figs with creamy vanilla panna cotta is utterly decadent and gorgeous on the plate! During an unseasonably late fig season, we are celebrating with wild green figs from our neighbors tree. I love figs with pecorino cheese and honey, but now that our neighbor Caroline taught us this recipe its a new favorite! A beautiful finish for your late summer, early-fall dinner.
Recipe for Panna Cotta with Baked Spiced Figs
Baked Spiced Figs:
Preheat your oven up to 200C.
Butter an oven tin.
Cut the figs in half and place them face up and close together in the buttered tin.
Open the vanilla stick and take the pods out, drizzle the pods, cinnamon and nutmeg over the figs.
Bake in the oven for 15minutes, lower the temperature to 160 C., drizzle the sugar over the figs and keep in the oven for another 15minutes. Let them caramelize.
Vanilla Panna Cotta
These baked figs are delicate and smell delicious. Can be served with a scoop of ice-cream, ginger mascarpone or along side a ricotta cake and a glass of dessert wine.
Ingredients - Serves 4
6 figs, skin clean with a dry cloth, halved
20g butter, cut into cubes
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp Vino Cotto
1,5 tbsp orange juice
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 star anise
amoretti biscuit, to serve (optional)