Friday, September 3, 2010

Prosciutto, Fresh Fig and Parmesan Sandwiches

Figs are amazing! They have long been prized for their delicious taste. The Romans held figs in high regard and planted them in all of the lands they conquered. Pliny, a Roman writer of the first century, said " Figs are restorative. They increase the strength of young people, preserve the elderly in better health and make them look younger with fewer wrinkles."
The irresistible taste of the fig was the undoing of Cleopatra. Knowing she would reach for a fig, her enemies hid an asp in a basket of them!
Prosciutto and fresh figs are a classic Italian combination. This recipe was adapted from Cooking Light, using ingredients I had on hand. The combination of flavors is amazing!

Serves 4 ( 6 points)

4 tsp Dijon mustard
8 ( 3/4 oz) slices of Italian bread ( toasted)
Romaine lettuce leaves
2 oz. very thinly sliced prosciutto
2 oz. fresh Parmesan cheese, shaved
8 fresh figs, cut into thin slices
2 T. strawberry jam ( or fig jam if you can find it)

Spread 1 tsp. mustard over 4 slices of bread.  Arrange lettuce leaves over each bread slice. Divide prosciutto evenly over bread slices. Top evenly with cheese, then figs. Spread 1-1/2 tsp. jam over top piece of bread. Top each serving with 1 bread slice, jam side down.

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