Try these picture-perfect nibbles, bound to impress any garden-party guest this summer...
Roasted stuffed figs with Parma ham
YOU WILL NEED
* 12 fresh black figs, stems removed
* 200g blue cheese, cut into 12 equal pieces
* 6 pecan halves, broken in half lengthwise
* 6 thin slices of prosciutto, cut in half lengthwise
* olive oil, for brushing
* honey, for serving
* 12 sprigs of rosemary, as skewers
1 Place 12 skewers of rosemary (4in each) in water to soak for at least 10 minutes. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.
2 Slice the figs through the centre vertically without cutting all the way through. Carefully open each fig, and place a slice of cheese and a pecan piece inside each. Gently squeeze the figs to enclose the cheese. Wrap the figs horizontally with a strip of prosciutto and skewer to secure with a sprig of rosemary. Brush the figs with oil and place on the grill. Cook, just until grill marks begin to appear, about a minute and a half. Turn and repeat with opposite side.
3 Transfer to a serving platter and lightly drizzle with honey. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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Photography: Nathalie Marquez Courtney