Ripe fresh purple figs with rosy centers and luscious fresh green figs can make perfect cocktail fare. Allow 1 fig, quartered, for each guest. For each fig, cut 2 thin slices of prosciutto lengthwise into halves. Wrap a half slice around each fig quarter so that it looks like a rose. To serve, sprinkle with fresh lime juice and freshly ground black pepper. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs.
Another favorite: Slice each fig lengthwise into halves, 1 fig per person. Into each half, spoon 1 teaspoon of Pecan Cream Cheese (see below). Sprinkle with finely chopped pecans. PECAN CREAM CHEESE ½ cup shelled pecans 8 oz. cream cheese, softened 1. Chop pecans coarsely in a food processor fitted with a steel blade. 2. Add softened cream cheese and process until smooth. Scrape out with a rubber spatula, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use. Makes 1 cup.
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