When we brought locally cured and aged prosciutto home from Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Ham Smoke House in east Tennessee, I wanted to find a recipe that would show off its special flavors. I considered melon with prosciutto and while that’s a wonderful, tried and true appetizer, I wanted more bang for the bucks.
You would swear this open-faced sandwich was created by Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, even though it happens to come from Cooking Light magazine. It’s that sophisticated. In fact it’s down right decedent, even though it weights in with only 318 calories a serving. This is a perfect example of what I call “small plates” that turn appetizers into light meals.
The sweet fig preserves are a perfect balance for the tangy goat cheese and the tart little plums in this open-faced sandwich. The tiny bit of grated fresh ginger brings a little mysterious flavor to the sandwich and really good prosciutto elevates it to food for the gods.
Open-faced Prosciutto and Plum Sandwich with Goat Cheese and Fig Preserves
From Cooking Light – serves 4
¼ cup fig preserves
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
¼ teaspoon peeled and grated fresh ginger
1/3 cup (3 ounces) soft goat cheese
4 slices country wheat bread, toasted
1 cup loosely packed fresh arugula
2 ripe plums, preferably a combination of red and purple, seeded and cut into thin wedges
3 ounces very thin slices of good prosciutto
Combine the fig preserves, lemon juice, and grated ginger in a small bowl and set aside. Spread the goat cheese evenly over each slice of toasted bread. Divide arugula, plum wedges, and prosciutto evenly over the four sandwiches. Drizzle each sandwich with about a tablespoon of the fig preserves mixture. Serves 4 (one sandwich each).
I use prosciutto often as a seasoning ingredient in dishes as such Chicken Marengo (my recipe here). Chicken Marengo is one of our “go-to” favorites when we crave real French comfort food, which is quite often actually.
Prosciutto is also the star of the show in two of my current favorite recipes:
Grilled country bread with prosciutto, melted cheese, and fresh basil - recipe
Asparagus and melon salad garnished with crispy prosciutto - recipe
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