Georgia-born chef and author Virginia Willis is sharing some fresh, seasonal recipes from her new column, Cooking With Virginia. These tender figs are stuffed with blue cheese, wrapped in thin slices of country ham, and then baked in the oven until warm and soft inside. Serve a batch at your next get-together for a fall appetizer recipe that'll please all of your guests. If you're not a fan of blue cheese, swap out for some tangy, semi-soft goat cheese.
Hi, I'm Virginia Willis. And I'm super excited to share with you a fresh season of recipe from a new column cooking with Virginia. We're going to make figs stuffed with blue cheese and wrapped in country ham. You can't get much better than that. The first thing I'm going to do to have some figs, I'm going to Trim the end of the stem, give it fresh cut. I'm going to cut this in a crosshatch, in an x, but I'm not going all the way to the cutting board. Cuz we're going to open this up like a flower and I'm gonna stuff it with cheese. And of course that's gonna be delicious. Cuz you know, sour, saucy, bitter, sweet, it's always an important thing to consider. So I'm using blue cheese today. You could also use goat cheese, you could use even the delicious nibble of sharp white cheddar, that would be beautiful. And then now I'm going to cut a slice of country ham, just a strip. [MUSIC] It's enough to hold it together, and give you that salty bite, and wrap it around, and then pierce it with a spritz of rosemary. The rosemary is going to perfume this. Super simple little nibble. Very sophisticated. You're just gonna pop them in the oven at 350, just enough to warm them through. [BLANK_AUDIO] Those smell amazing. The country ham, the rosemary. The kitchen smells fantastic. This is an absolutely delicious nibble. Figs stuffed with bleu cheese and wrapped in country ham. Bon appetite, y'all. [MUSIC]