Prosciutto is one of those things where a little goes a long way, but it’s also never enough. You know what we are saying, right? The stuff is delicious and while just a little bit of it can really boost a dish, we could probably eat a whole pound on our own without batting an eye. In an effort to add a little more of the good stuff to our party menus, here are three easy prosciutto appetizers to add to your repertoire.
Prosciutto is an aged ham that is sliced incredibly thin. It has a slightly salty, sometimes nutty flavor that is very unique. Curing prosciutto is an age-old process that has been handed down for centuries. All that time and effort is what makes prosciutto so special, and delicious. Additionally, it can be served cold or hot, making it incredibly versatile.
We paired this delectable ham with three very different counterparts to create a trio of amazingly delicious and simple hors d'oeuvres. All three of these easy prosciutto appetizers can be made just minutes before guests arrive -- or hours before to make the party planning process so much easier.
Prosciutto Wrapped Melon
First we have the easiest and possibly the sweetest of the three, melon wrapped with prosciutto. It’s just that, small pieces of cantaloupe melon wrapped in a bit of prosciutto. The combination of sweet and salty here strikes the perfect balance in a bite-size appetizer. Add a just a little more sweetness and a punch of flavor by sprinkling a pinch of our honey dust on top. Feel free to prepare these a few hours ahead of the party and let them hang out in the fridge until you are ready to serve.
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
A slightly more complicated appetizer is prosciutto wrapped asparagus. This only requires that the asparagus be blanched ahead of time. Blanching can be done easily by placing the asparagus in a colander and pouring boiling water over the top of the spears, then letting it stand for a minute. Simply dry the asparagus spears and wrap them in prosciutto. These, too, can be placed in the fridge until ready to serve. Choose the number of spears based on the diameter of the asparagus; thinner spears might require three or four to a bundle, while very thick spears might only require one be wrapped.
For another twist to this appetizer, pop them into the oven at 450 degrees and bake for 5 minutes or until the prosciutto has just crisped up.
Balsamic Mozzarella Prosciutto
The final appetizer in this trio of easy prosciutto appetizers is the cheesiest of the bunch, since it uses fresh mozzarella. Start by reducing about 1 cup of good balsamic vinegar in a small sauce pan over medium low heat; it should take about 25 to 30 minutes to reduce to 1/2 cup. Set the reduced balsamic aside to cool. Take a small ball of fresh mozzarella and wrap it in prosciutto and secure the prosciutto with a toothpick. To add a bit of brightness, feel free to add some greens such as arugula before wrapping. However, keep in mind that if you choose to use greens they may wilt if made too early in advance. Store these in the fridge until ready to serve. Add a drizzle of the reduced balsamic just before serving.
These three easy prosciutto appetizers can be made ahead as well as served on their own or as a trio. Or add them to a larger antipasti tray with an array of delights. Either way they are sure to be a hit that both you and your guests will love, so be sure to stock up on some delicious prosciutto before your next get-together.