An easy and elegant appetizer you can assemble in under 5 minutes!
Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella with Basil is the prettiest and simplest appetizer! You can assemble this dish in less than five minutes and it makes such a beautiful presentation. Prosciutto is a dry cured ham with a soft, buttery texture. Because it’s so salty, it’s often wrapped around sweet foods, such as melon, or figs, but it works equally well as a casing for fresh mozzarella, especially when served with a bit of sweet, tart, balsamic glaze.
Prosciutto is typically sliced paper thin so it’s very delicate and can be difficult to work with. The slices stick to one another and will often tear when you try to pull them apart. You can get prosciutto at the deli counter or buy it pre-packaged. I usually buy the pre-packaged variety because the slices are separated by deli paper which makes them easier to handle and much less likely to rip.
There are a lot of serving options with Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella with Basil. You can present them on a platter with balsamic glaze, or use them to top slices of bread for a more substantial appetizer, as picture above. You can also put them on top of tomato slices, throw them into salads, add them to antipasto platters, or serve them with them grilled vegetables. So many delicious possibilities!
Balsamic glaze gives Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella with Basil a magical sweet and salty quality that really elevates the taste. Balsamic glaze is more widely available now than it used to be but if you can’t find it at the grocery store, it’s easy to make your own. Just combine 2 cups of balsamic vinegar in a sauce pan along with ½ cup of sugar (white, brown, or coconut – doesn’t matter). Bring it to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved, then lower the heat and simmer until the mixture is reduced by half (about 20 minutes). Store in the refrigerator.
- 5 slices (2½ ounces) prosciutto
- 5 round (1/4 inch thick) slices mozzarella cheese
- ¼ ounce basil leaves
- ¼ cup balsamic glaze, store bought or homemade (see notes)
- Lay the prosciutto slices flat and place a mozzarella slice on the top third of each slice. Fold the tops and sides of the prosciutto over the mozzarella slices to fully encase them.
- Drizzle a serving platter with the balsamic glaze. Place the prosciutto wrapped mozzarella, seams sides down, on the platter and top with basil leaves.
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