These legendary prosciutto appetizers are the mind-blowing morsels you’ll need at all your gatherings!
Prosciutto is like the Italian version of bacon, except a bit more sophisticated. This cured meat has a smooth buttery texture and exceptional salty, fatty flavor.
Add it to any appetizer, and you’ll elevate the caliber of your dish.
It contrasts impeccably with pears and is smashing when wrapped about prawns. The best part is, none of your guests will even realize how easy these appetizers are to make.
From Caprese skewers to flatbread, here are the top 10 prosciutto appetizers to dazzle your guests with delight.
1. Prosciutto Wrapped Prawns with Pesto Dip Appetizer
Imagine a juicy platter of jumbo juicy prawns wrapped in a thin layer of buttery prosciutto with a topping of creamy homemade basil.
Now, imagine if you could have this ready in just 20 minutes? You might not believe me, but I swear, it’s true!
The prawns take little time to prepare. And all you have to do for the pesto is toss everything in a food processor or high-speed blender.
Whether it’s for cookouts, summer parties, or holidays, this appetizer is guaranteed to be a hit.
2. Tomato Prosciutto Caprese
Need an easy prosciutto recipe for your shindig? You can never go wrong with a classic Caprese.
It’s super fresh and creamy, making it the ideal salad to add in some thinly sliced prosciutto.
This Italian ham adds a fatty, salty flavor that enhances the salad rather than distracts.
To make this appetizer finger-food friendly, you can pierce the ingredients with a toothpick. However, you can’t go wrong by just passing out some plates.
This salad is such a cinch to prepare, I often like to indulge and eat it for lunch, too.
3. Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus
I think this six-ingredient appetizer is a grand choice for the spring.
You’ll take crisp asparagus spears, wrap them in prosciutto, and sprinkle them with parmesan cheese. They won’t take long to bake and everyone will gobble them right up.
If you can get your hands on some thicker spears, those work best. Super thin stalks may have a different bake time, so keep your eye on them.
Oh, and I like to finish mine off with a squeeze of lemon. It keeps the flavors bright while adding in an acidic component.
4. Prosciutto-Wrapped Caprese Salad Bites Appetizer
These immaculate Caprese bites are a party favorite of mine.
Cherry tomatoes and mozzarella are cut into bite-sized pieces, then wrapped in prosciutto with a tiny bit of basil. Like a traditional Caprese, you’ll need some balsamic to top it all off.
I highly recommend double-checking your guest list and making enough so everyone can have a few. Otherwise, you might find yourself back in the kitchen whipping up another batch.
5. Prosciutto Crostini with Balsamic Glaze
These crostini are the perfect bites!
They’re sweet, salty, fresh, and creamy. What could be better than that?
You’ll love the crisp crunch of the toasted bread and the silky texture of the prosciutto. There’s even some creamy burrata and a kiss of honey in the mix.
These crostinis are like taking the best parts of a charcuterie board and turning them into flawless little nibbles.
6. Melon, Prosciutto, and Mozzarella Skewers
Melon might not be at the top of everyone’s list, but it will be!
Melon and prosciutto are a match made in heaven. It’s a harmonious contrast of sweet and salty that gets even better when you add creamy mozzarella and tangy balsamic to the mix.
This recipe not only nails all the flavors, but it’s also ridiculously simple to pull together.
For an extra special touch, you can use a melon baller for the cantaloupe.
7. Pear Prosciutto Appetizer
Another phenomenal fruit to accompany prosciutto is pear. There are a few ways you can go about it, but this one has a unique balance of flavors.
You’ll hollow out pears to turn them into little boats. For the passengers, you’ll add a strip of prosciutto, a crumble of blue cheese, and a slice of fresh chili.
For the finale, a drizzle of honey and a tiny piece of basil seals the deal.
I love the creativity of this appetizer and how it manages to pack in so much flavor into a single slice of pear. This is appetizer ingenuity at its finest, my friends!
8. Pear, Prosciutto, and Gorgonzola Pizza
This grown-up pizza is anything but junky. It’s a classy combo of sweet pears, salty prosciutto, smokey gouda, and fresh mozzarella.
What kicks it up a notch is the bite from gorgonzola cheese and the complexity of caramelized onions!
There’s no need to add any red sauce or pesto to this pizza. A drizzle of olive oil is all you’ll need to pair with these bold and daring flavors.
9. Mozzarella, Prosciutto, and Pickled Peach Appetizer Skewers
Peaches might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of pickling. But by golly, they should be!
These peaches get a quick pickle in two types of vinegar and a hint of honey.
Although the recipe requires an extra step, it’s well worth the effort when you have a mouthwatering creation like this.
10. Flatbread Appetizers with Pistachios and Burrata
If you haven’t tried burrata yet, you need to make this recipe today. The outside is a shell of mozzarella while the inside is very creamy.
So you can imagine how exquisite it is when you smear it on flatbread and top with prosciutto!
Pistachios add a nice, salty crunch that keeps things elegant without going overboard.
You can make naan from scratch or use store-bought if you like. Go with the latter, and you can have this whimsical appetizer ready to feed famished guests in no time at all.
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