“…And on the eighth day, God created prosciutto”
It’s always hard for us men to really understand what women want these days. You ladies are always giving us these mixed signals as to what makes you happy, you can never just tell us the key to your hearts! Us men, were easy. They say the way to a mans heart is through his stomach. I say the key to any Italian mans heart is through prosciutto! Thats right, this dry-cured ham is a little slice of heaven to us Italian men!
Nobody knows a man better than their mother and I speak the truth when I say I would still let her pack my lunches if it was socially acceptable for her to do so. Other kids were getting PB & J sandwiches and string cheese, I was getting prosciutto on ciabatta with fresh mozzarella. I think she even packed the oil and balsamic on the side incase I wanted to mix my own dressing (yeah, like I didn’t look like a big enough loser already).
This next recipe is so easy, it could make even the most uncoordinated kitchen mom/dad look like an Iron chef. Every family gathering we always put out a great spread and im always in charge of the same dish, the caprese salad! Where’s the prosciutto you ask? let’s get into it shall we!
Prosciutto Avvolto Antipasto Caprese: (Prosciutto wrapped caprese appetizer)
Serving size: ~ 3 dozen (appetizer size)
- 1 pound prosciutto (about 30 slices per pound, leaving extra for a snack)
- 18 Marinated mozzarella balls (cut in halves)
- 18 Cherry tomatos (cut in halves)
- Fresh basil
- balsamic vinegar
- Italian olive oil
- 36 toothpicks
Most grocery stores carry marinated Mozzarella balls which will make your life a lot easier and help the dish come together quicker!
First Start by slicing you prosciutto into inch thin strips, second slice the mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes into halves.
Next, Arrange each slice of prosciutto flat and put a piece of basil on one end of each slice. Top each piece of basil with a piece of mozzarella and a tomato halve, matching the cut sides to make a ball.
Season lightly with both salt and pepper, then roll up the balls in the prosciutto. If you want to put the basil in the middle of the tomato and mozzarella that will work just as well.
Lastly place a toothpick through the prosciutto wrapped mozzarella so it is secure and easy to enjoy. Lightly drizzle with olive oil and a tiny drizzle of balsamic and serve!
Not only is this a great appetizer to kick off any party, its delicious and easy to make
Buon Appetito America