Prosciutto is an Italian-style ham that has been dry-cured, aged and seasoned. It can be eaten as is or cooked in a variety of ways. The region from which your prosciutto comes makes a big difference in the flavor of the ham.
The taste of prosciutto relies heavily on the pig used and its feed. Cooking prosciutto can be done in a similar way to cooking a traditional ham, and it can be used in many of the same recipes that call for ham.
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Prosciutto commonly accents many recipes without taking center stage, yet provides full flavor with a salty, sweet or savory taste.
Things You'll Need
Dried Italian herbs
½ pound spaghetti
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 small onion, chopped
12-ounce can diced tomatoes
Salt and pepper
1. Pan Fried
- Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon olive oil.
- Cut thinly sliced prosciutto into 1/2-inch wide strips.
- Brown the prosciutto in the skillet for three to four minutes, until it becomes crispy.
- Use the crisped prosciutto as a garnish to bring extra flavor to pasta and sauces or sprinkle it over cooked meat.
2. Pasta With Prosciutto
- Preheat a skillet with 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat.
- Place a large pot on the stove filled with water and cook ½ pound spaghetti according to package directions.
- Saute 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 1 small chopped onion and 1 cup diced prosciutto in the skillet for six to eight minutes.
- Add one 12-ounce can of diced tomatoes to the skillet and season with 2 teaspoons dried Italian herbs and salt and pepper to taste.
- Cook over medium low heat until the mixture is heated through and toss with the spaghetti.
3. White Fish Wrapped in Prosciutto
- Preheat a skillet with 2 teaspoons olive oil over medium-high heat.
- Season a white fish fillet, such as cod, pollock or haddock, with 2 teaspoons dried Italian herbs.
- Wrap the white fish with a thin slice of prosciutto.
- Cook the fish in the skillet for three to four minutes on each side. The fish will flake with a fork and the prosciutto will be crispy.