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Friday, November 9, 2012

Baked Prosciutto Caprese Cups

I spotted a recipe for some wrapped prosciutto at La Cucina Italiana Magazine (my favorite) and decided on changing the recipe a bit (of course), and whatever happened in that change added a whole bunch of new flavors to a simple salad... there was a party in my mouth with each bite!
When i eat a slice of good quality prosciutto, my taste buds activate my brain with memories of the best prosciutto i have ever consumed at the Mercato Centrale in Florence, Italy. You walk into this amazing market and whole pigs hang from the ceiling. The best local wines, truffles, breads and produce are also available. At the Mercato Centrale you will find prosciuttos of every type and different regions in Italy, definitely a experience as you walk down the aisles tasting all the swine you can think of... have your belly ready and your wallet, since prosciutto comes with a expensive price tag.
I served this dish as one of 5 courses for a tasting menu over a bed of fresh arugula and spinach and paired with Davis Family Vineyard Cuvee Luke for a very special experience.
Enjoy!


Printable Recipe - click here
Ingredients for 4 cups:
8 slices prosciutto
1 cup bocconcini mozzarella
1 cup grape tomatoes, i used red and yellow, sliced in half
1 tablespoon pine nuts, chopped
2 tablespoons basil chiffonade
salt and pepper
truffle oil

Lay out 4 oven safe ramekins. Place 2 slices of prosciutto in each cup. They should be laid in a different way so you can close it up when done.

In a small bowl, toss together mozzarella, tomatoes, pine nuts, basil chiffonade, a good drizzle of truffle oil and salt and pepper to taste.
Divide mixture amongst the prosciutto filled ramekins. Wrap prosciutto around mixture to close, secure with toothpick if needed. Set aside while preheating oven to 400F.


Bake prosciutto cups for 15 to 20 minutes, until prosciutto is crunchy and cheese is slightly melted. Carefully remove from ramekins, discarding toothpicks and serve over a bed of greens drizzled with good quality extra virgin olive oil.





22 comments:

  1. What a fantastic looking recipe. Delicious. Come and visit us. We are having a terrific giveaway this week. A $75 swank bag from Pick Your Plum. You will love it.

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    1. Thanks Dahhhling! And yes, i signed up for the giveaway! xo Bia

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  2. Wow these look gorgeous and delicious. I have made baked eggs in prosciutto cups before, but this is a whole other thing. Wonderful recipe Bia.

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    1. They were so good Joshua! You should try and add your own twist to it! xo Bia

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