Prosciutto is a salted and air-cured ham with a wonderfully rich flavor that is meant to be enjoyed without much embellishment. Therefore, buying the best quality prosciutto is of the utmost importance. The authentic Italian prosciutto that is available in the United States comes from two regions of Italy–there is Prosciutto di Parma, from the Emilia Romagna region which has a crown embossed on its rind and Prosciutto di San Daniele from Friuli which has a ham embossed on its rind. Look for these signs to insure authenticity. Prosciutto should have a bright rose pink color with a complex sweet and savory aroma. Get your prosciutto from a source that sells a lot of it, and buy it sliced thin and as close to the time of consumption as possible. Store the prosciutto tightly wrapped in the refrigerator, but let it stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.
- 10 12 ripe fresh green or black figs
- 6 long, thin slices of Prosciutto di San Daniele or Prosciutto di Parma, or as needed
Wipe the figs clean with a damp cloth or paper towel. Slice the figs crosswise into 1/8 inch-thick rounds. Prepare the bruschette. Cover the bruschette with overlapping fig slices. Drape the prosciutto to cover the figs. Grind some black pepper over the prosciutto and serve immediately.