|Pancetta Wrapped Figs|
Figs are in season right now and lately, every time I go to the market I see them and think they look so beautiful and delicate that I must find a way to work them into a meal even though my husband is not a fan of them.
This is easy and can be done 'just for me' as a small plate or a quick snack. The salty pancetta with the creamy fig is a delicious and complementary pairing. This would be great served as an appetizer when you have guests over, too, as the presentation is beautiful. This dish's elegance belies its simplicity in preparation.
Serves 1 (as an appetizer)
2 slices pancetta, thinly sliced (almost shaved)
Wrap each fig with one slice of pancetta. Place in non-stick skillet heated to medium-high and saute each side until pancetta is crispy.
Pancetta is often referred to as "Italian bacon". It's Italian pork belly that has been salt cured and air dried and it comes in a long cylinder shape. Most deli counters carry it and you can ask them to shave the number of slices you'd like. Gelson's in Newport Beach, CA carries an imported pre-packaged version in their refrigerated section as well.