I’m not a fan of party appetizers that are messy or awkward to eat – the kind that drip and break apart after the first bite and leave you awkwardly cupping your hand under your chin to catch the falling food debris, all while trying to maintain your composure and simultaneously engage in cocktail chatter. That’s one of the reasons I love this appetizer. It’s not crumbly and is easy to eat with one hand, lest you not have to put down your drink! These are fancy enough to serve to company but simple enough to make for yourself – just to nosh on. So if your kids are getting tired of those mozzarella sticks that you put in their lunch boxes, and you have a few extra lying around, try making these. They take less than 10 minutes to prepare and make a great 100 calorie snack – with 10 grams of protein too. They’d also be a great addition to an antipasto platter.
You only need three ingredients – mozzarella sticks, prosciutto, and fresh basil.
Lay the prosciutto slices flat on a cutting board and place one large basil leaf on top of each slice (use two basil leaves if they are small). Place a mozzarella stick at the top edge of each prosciutto slice, then roll up and place seam side down on a serving platter.
You can serve them whole, like this.
Or cut them in half to reveal the basil. The pink prosciutto against the green basil is eye-catching.
- 6 thinly sliced pieces of prosciutto, about 3 ounces
- 6 mozzarella sticks (commonly known as string cheese), about 5 ½ ounces
- 1 ounce fresh basil leaves
- Lay each slice of prosciutto flat and place one or two basil leaves on top of each slice. Place a mozzarella stick at the top edge of each prosciutto slice and roll up. Please seam side down on a serving platter. Cut in half if desired.
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