Last weekend I threw a bday party for myself. It was a blind wine tasting party with lots of appetizers to nosh on while we “tasted” aka guzzled many different wines brought by my guests(about 30 of them).
I kept it relatively under control on the cooking, considering the last time I cooked for a party I did a 10 course Caribbean meal. That was out of control. Up til 2 am frying hand shaved plantain chips was perhaps a bit overboard. I can’t help it. I was raised in a house where it was always better to have way too much food than to not have enough for a party.
This was the menu:
-Cheese and fruit plate from central market (small one) supplemented with a block of gouda and a bloc of port salut ( my fave!) + yummy crackers + French bread
-Warm Spinach Avocado dip
-hand made chocolate truffles
– chocolate fondue with fruit & pound cake for dipping
– Slow Cooker Meatballs (also super easy and tasty)
– and my fave, the prosciutto wrapped goat cheese balls which I would like to share with you today.
I had originally wanted to stuff fresh figs with goatcheese, but there were none at the store. I settled for some dried figs and dried apricots and made up this yummy appetizer that I’d recommend for any holiday party.
– large log of goat cheese, softened
– 1/2 lb thinly sliced prosciutto
-10 dried figs
– 10 dried apricots diced small
– ½ cup honey
1. Heat oven to 350
2. In a large bowl, combine goatcheese, figs, apricots and honey until evenly mixed
3. Make little balls about 1in in diameter of the goatcheese mix, roll it lightly in the breadcrumbs, and wrap a slice of prosciutto around, securing with a toothpick through the package. Place package on sprayed, foil lined cookie sheet. Continue till you’ve used all your prosciutto. (I ended up with about 18 little balls.)
4.Bake in oven for about 10-15 min until goat cheese is melty and prosciutto is warmed and maybe a little crispy. Serve!
The honey and goatcheese combo is the BOMB b/c the honey mellows out the strength of the goat cheese flavor. Add the salty earthiness of proscuitto and the texture of the dried fruits and you’ve got this flavor explosion in your mouth!