Persimmons Wrapped in Smoked Ham

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Prosciutto-wrapped melon and figs make a beautiful hors d’oeuvre during the summer, but this recipe takes the same idea into cool-weather months. Crisp, sweet persimmons contrast with smoky ham and a drizzle of rich balsamic syrup for a simple but impressive appetizer.

 

Persimmons Wrapped in Smoked Ham

 

3/4 cup (6 fl. oz./180 ml.) balsamic vinegar

1/2 sprig rosemary

12 thin slices smoked ham

2 Fuyu persimmons, each cut into 12 wedges

Salt and freshly ground pepper

 

In a small nonreactive saucepan over medium heat, cook the balsamic vinegar and rosemary until the vinegar has reduced to 1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml.), 15-20 minutes. Remove from the heat, discard the rosemary sprig, and let cool.

 

Cut each slice of ham in half. Wrap a piece around each persimmon wedge (use a toothpick to secure each ham slice, if desired). Arrange the wrapped persimmons on a serving plate, drizzle with the reduced balsamic vinegar, and season with salt and pepper. Serve right away. Serves 6.

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