Figs, Mozzarella and Basil Starter
August 15, in the Roman Catholic calendar, is a Holy Day of Obligation to celebrate the assumption of the Holy Mary into heaven. On this day, Roman Catholics are obliged to go to church to celebrate the mother of Jesus. Because of this, it is a bank holiday in Italy known as the Ferragosto. I love visiting Italy during this time, as everyone goes out into the village to celebrate with music, dance and food.
This starter is a very simple dish to make but looks and tastes so special. Only use fresh figs, which are available from August to October, and you will transcend the warmth and celebration of the Mediterranean.
12 fresh, ripe purple figs * bunch of fresh basil leaves * 2 large buffalo mozzarella balls, torn apart * salt & freshly ground black pepper * juice of 2 lemons * 2 tbsp olive oil
Wash the figs and cut off the top of the stem. Cut each fig into quarters. Pick off the fresh basil leaves from their stalks, wash and air dry gently. Tear the mozzarella into quarters. Place the figs and mozzarella pieces onto individual serving plates and scatter the basil leaves over the top. Season with salt and pepper. Mix the lemon juice and olive oil together, drizzle over each platter and serve.
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This recipe comes from the section THE ITALIAN JOB, a selection of authentic Italian recipes.