Crispy Prosciutto is the easiest, most delicious prosciutto recipe ever! PLUS this recipe is ready in less than 15 minutes!!
With just one ingredient and a bunch of flavor, you’ll be making this recipe all the time!
This Crispy Prosciutto recipe is one of those that is more a technique than a recipe and you’ll wonder why you’ve never made it before. The prosciutto is transformed into a crispy and savory treat that’s excellent crumbled onto salads, pastas, and in sandwiches. Break it into prosciutto chips for an ideal snack with pre dinner drinks.
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What is prosciutto?
Prosciutto is made from the hind legs of pigs and is dry-cured over a period of time. This Italian word translates to “ham”. However, unlike ham, prosciutto isn’t cooked or smoked. Sometimes it’s known as “prosciutto crudo” meaning “raw ham”.
Can you eat prosciutto raw?
Yes, you can eat prosciutto raw! While this is a raw product, it’s cured and is often eaten without cooking at all. However, cooking prosciutto will make it crispy, salty, and deliciously savory and change how you can use it.
This is a one ingredient recipe! All you need is thinly sliced prosciutto.
Crispy prosciutto is one of the easiest recipes ever and there are just two steps!
Preheat oven to 350ºF/180ºC. You’ll need to line a large, rimmed baking sheet with nonstick parchment paper.
Lay the prosciutto slices on prepared baking sheets in a single layer.
Bake for 10-15 minutes depending on how thin it has been sliced.
Hint: Take care not to burn the prosciutto. It will become more crispy as it cools.
- Spicy - sprinkle with just a little red pepper flakes for a hint of heat.
- Herby - for a change, scatter the prosciutto with dried oregano before cooking.
- Cheesy - after baking, grate just a little Parmesan cheese over the prosciutto.
Store Crispy prosciutto ]for 2 or 3 days in the fridge in a sealed container.
When purchasing prosciutto, it must be cut into thin slices. I’ve been unfortunate to have prosciutto sliced freshly for me by someone inexperienced. It was way too thick to eat. In this case, it can be chopped and added to bolognese sauce.
Lay the slices of prosciutto in one layer on the baking sheet. The pieces can be very close, even touch but not overlap.
Traditional prosciutto crudo is made from pigs and the best prosciutto is produced using only certain breeds of pigs. Prosciutto is made in a few regions in Italy but the most famous is prosciutto di Parma. Today the word “prosciutto” is being used to refer to other meats that are cured similarly for example lamb prosciutto.
Prosciutto does taste very good when fried. Just use a tiny bit of olive oil to oil a frying pan. Then cook the prosciutto until browned on one side before flipping and cooking on the other side. Fried prosciutto is a good option when you don’t have access to an oven.
While I prefer baked prosciutto, if you don’t have an oven or a stove a microwave is another method of making crispy prosciutto. Place the prosciutto in one layer on a paper towel-lined plate that is microwave-safe. Cover with a second paper towel then cook on full power for 30 seconds. Take the prosciutto out straight away and remove it from the paper towel. It will crisp as it cools.
I like to crumble this into prosciutto crisps which add another flavor and texture to salads and pasta. Crispy Prosciutto is perfect served alongside my butterfly chicken recipe or Bagna Cauda or scattered over my instant pot cauliflower
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How to cook prosciutto
- 3 ½ ounces (100 grams) prosciutto slices
- Preheat oven to 350ºF/180ºC and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with non stick parchment paper.
- Lay the prosciutto slices on prepared baking sheets in one single layer.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes depending on how thin it has been sliced. The prosciutto will become more crispy as it cools.
- Make sure the slices of prosciutto are thin.
- Don't overlap the prosciutto slices when laying on the parchment paper for baking.
Nutritional Estimate Per Serving
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