Peaches and Figs Wrapped in Country Ham

Serves 2-4

Traditionally in Europe, melons are wrapped in prosciutto ham and served as a starter or appetizer. Our thinly sliced country ham is supple enough to wrap equally well and is enjoyed by all, whether with melon, peaches, figs or savory crunchy vegetables. Serve as a nibble on toothpicks or plated as a starter.

Nathalie Dupree

Ingredients

1 fresh peach

6 fresh figs, stems removed

2 to 3 biscuit or thin slices of country ham

Directions

Peel and slice the peach into wedges. Cut an X in the top of each fig, cutting three-fourths of the way down, keeping the sections attached at the base. Tear the country ham into strips.

Roll a small portion of country ham around a finger and insert into the X on the fig. Wrap another ham strip around each peach wedge. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving time, not more than 2 to 3 hours.

Variation: Cut peeled cantaloupes or mangos in cubes or wedges, and wrap with country ham. May be secured with a toothpick. Wrap sliced raw or lightly cooked asparagus or okra, or pickled ramp, okras or other pickles with country ham.

Nathalie Dupree is the author of 13 cookbooks, most recently Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking. She lives in Charleston and may be reached through Nathaliedupree.com.