Saturday, August 20, 2011

Prosciutto Ribbons

A great garnish for deviled eggs, stuffed mushrooms, or any other soft, bite-sized morsels crying out for a little textural contrast.  All you need is a sharp knife, a baking sheet, parchment paper, prosciutto and patience.

Serving suggestion
1. Preheat your oven to 375 Fahrenheit. Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. While the oven is preheating, cut each slice of prosciutto into 8 long "ribbons", if you desire thicker crisps cut each piece of prosciutto into 6 ribbons. Be sure to cut the prosciutto across, latitude-wise, to make elegant ribbons, not short, stumpy pieces of ham.
3.Gently pull each strip of prosciutto from your cutting board and arrange them on the parchment lined baking sheet.
4. Transfer to the preheated oven and cook for approximately 8-12 minutes or until the prosciutto is crisped and not at all pliable.
5. Remove from oven and allow to cool before carefully removing from parchment. Any broken bits = chef's snack.



*Do note: The prosciutto will shrink considerably after cooking.

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