Those of us who love prosciutto are in very good company. The cured ham delicacy has been a beloved Italian way to eat meat as far back as Roman times and as such, it continues to be a popular ingredient in modern Italian cuisine. If you have only enjoyed prosciutto as an appetizer on crostini, or shredded in salads, you are sure to be wowed by these delicious recipes that will give you new and exciting ideas for how you can cook with prosciutto.
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On your next pizza night at home, skip takeout (or warmed-up freezer pizza), and make this insanely delicious, Italian-style prosciutto pizza instead. The mouth-watering combination of salty cured meat, umami-rich Parmesan cheese, creamy burrata, and fresh arugula greens may become your new favorite toppings. It makes a fantastic dinner for two, or a hearty meal for one, and takes just 15 minutes to assemble and bake if you use prepared pizza dough.
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Proscuitto adds a surprising, salty, savory note to a refreshing, summery salad of juicy cubed watermelon and feta cheese. The honey vinaigrette drizzled over top wakes up all of the flavors, bringing a delicious, candied taste to the sliced and cured ham. Serve it for an elegant starter, or even a light lunch on its own, garnishing with chopped fresh mint or toasted sesame seeds.
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Saltimbocca, the wishful Italian name for this classical Roman dish, literally means "jumps in the mouth." In simple terms, it is a tempting, trattoria-style entree of pan-fried, boneless pork loin chops topped with thin prosciutto slices and fresh sage leaves. A buttery white wine sauce tops it. Best of all, this impressive dish that you can serve for company comes together in just 20 minutes.
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Fill your kitchen with the heavenly aromas fresh baked bread—and cooked bacon— when you make prosciutto bread at home. Even if you have never tried making bread, this chewy ham-flecked loaf will tempt you. Enjoy it with spaghetti dinners, or top slices with mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce, and pop them under your oven's broiler for open-faced pizza sandwich treats.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Elegant beef braciole is the kind of restaurant-style beef dish you will remember fondly for weeks afterward. It is a hearty beef roulade stuffed with prosciutto, Italian cheese, and sweet herbs, braised in a fragrant and delicious tomato and red wine sauce. This recipe needs a long time in the oven but requires little hands-on effort, and its cooking aromas will make you super excited for dinner.
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Sweet winter pears work beautifully with salty cured meats. Drizzling the proscuitto-wrapped fruit in a sugared balsamic glaze and quickly putting it under the broiler caramelizes and softens the pears, and crisps up the ham. The result is an epic dessert that explodes with flavor and texture. Top with optional blue cheese crumbles for a classic restaurant presentation.
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Wrapping up pork chops mummy-style in thin prosciutto slices helps to keep naturally-lean pork juicy as it grills. Even picky eaters will enjoy these better-than-usual pork chops with a crispy, sweet, and salty ham coating. These chops cook in just a few minutes but plan ahead to brine them for about an hour, to boost moistness and flavor.