Here’s a quick and very delicious appetizer to serve this New Year’s Eve…or anytime, for that matter. Basically, it’s a bite-sized version of prosciutto-wrapped (pronounced proh-shoo-toh) caprese salad. Prosciutto is an Italian salt-cured ham that can be found in many supermarkets and gourmet food stores. I found mine at Trader Joe’s. Actually, I got everything for this recipe at TJ’s: the fresh basil, sugar plum tomatoes, prosciutto, and ciliegine (cherry-sized whole milk fresh mozzarella balls).
Husband saw me making the mozzarella and basil bites and commented on how fragrant the fresh basil was. He waited with anticipation until I gave him the go-ahead to help himself to the plate of appetizers. It’s amazing that something so easy to make can deliver so much flavor!
You will probably want to double or triple the recipe because they will disappear quickly. Serve with Champagne, red wine or your fave cocktails. Enjoy!
Prosciutto-Wrapped Mozzarella & Basil
-recipe from Fine Cooking Magazine
8 thin slices prosciutto (preferably imported), halved lengthwise
8 large basil leaves, torn in half
8 small fresh mozzarella balls (about 1-inch in diameter), halved
8 ripe grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
Arrange 8 slices of prosciutto flat on a cutting board and put a piece of basil on one end of each slice. Top each piece of basil with a piece of mozzarella and a tomato half, matching the cut sides to make a ball. Season very lightly with salt and generously with pepper and then roll up the balls in the prosciutto. Secure each with a toothpick and set on a platter. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Drizzle with the olive oil and serve.
Make Ahead Tips
These keep at room temperature for up to 1 hour before serving.