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Holiday gatherings are great moments to try, and share, new flavors! Try these lovely gourmet hors d’oeuvres made by marinating figs in red wine or orange juice and honey, then topping them with GOYA® Manchego Cheese and GOYA® Reduced Sodium Manzanilla Olives Stuffed with Minced Jalapeños. The final step is to wrap them in yummy Serrano ham before baking, and then add a touch of sweet honey. Serve these, and you’ll be the talk of the town!
dried Smyrna figs, trimmed and halved
red wine or orange juice
GOYA® Manchego Cheese, cut into 16 pieces (3/4” x 1” x 1/4”)
slices GOYA® Serrano Ham or Prosciutto ham, cut lengthwise in thirds (about 1” wide)
Combine figs, wine (or juice) and 1tablespoon honey in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave covered at full power for 90 seconds. Let stand at least 20 minutes to soften. (This can be made up to 1 day in advance.)
Preheat oven to 400° F. Line baking sheet with foil. Flatten figs and arrange cut-side up on board. Working one at a time, stack two slices of cheese and two olives on top of each fig, pressing together slightly. Wrap each bite crosswise with a ham strip, and secure with a pick. Place bites seam-side down on baking sheet.
Bake until warmed, about 6 minutes. Microwave remaining 2 tablespoons honey in small dish until warmed, about 10 seconds. Brush on wrapped figs and serve warm.
For variations, try these with dried apricots or prunes instead of dried figs and Parmesan or Ricotta Salata in lieu of the Manchego cheese.
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