Proscuitto Roll-Up Appetizer



This Proscuitto Roll-Up Appetizer is so easy, even non-cooks will feel like serious chefs.

I set all the ingredients for this dish in front of two wonderful dudes who had indulged in a fair amount of booze, guys who may be fabulous cooks under normal conditions but perhaps slightly sloppy after a lot of tequila. (Now don’t think their wives weren’t equally sloppy; we were. But this is about the dish assigned to them. I’ll do a follow-up on our dishes – promise!)

Our husbands assembled these treats so quickly and thank goodness, as they were quite the remedy we needed, a little bit of protein to tame our mild tequila buzz. I’m not quite sure if Mark Bittman intended for his Asparagus and Proscuitto Roll-Ups (video to pop open) to morph into a sort of tequila chaser, but with a few edits they fit nicely into our Latin-themed feast and squelched our hunger pains while our freshly-fried nachos, paella and chocolate tamales were coming together.

Mark’s recipe calls for asparagus, but the markets just didn’t produce any truly fresh specimens. I did, however, find some pretty green beans which provided enough heft to the appetizer after a quick blanch. The other ingredients are easy to find: proscuitto slices (of course), arugula, cilantro, salt and pepper. Simply place a small portion of arugula and green beans at one end of a proscuitto slice. Add a few cilantro leaves and a light pinch of salt and pepper and roll.

These Proscuitto Roll-Up Appetizers are great with a glass of champagne, a cold beer or, as in our case, with a little tequilla and fresh fruit puree.

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  • Is there a vegetarian alternative to the proscuitto? Suggestions?

  • Those look amazing. And as someone who is currently sporting a serious injury sustained on the cheese grater (that cauliflower cheese had a bit of extra protein in it…) I’m a big fan of any dish that can be assembled drunk. Meaning, if I do it sober, I probably won’t hurt myself…

  • Maggie

    You could just toss all the ingredients (sans proscuitto) in a bowl with olive, lemon juice, salt and pepper, making it a quick salad.

    If you eat fish, you could wrap all this up in a slice of smoked salmon and squeeze a bit of lemon juice on the veggies before rolling.

    I’m open to all suggestions from the community!

  • I love that salmon suggestion – will try it soon!!

  • allison

    For vegetarian options you could try nori or the soy bean wrappers they now use for sushi. I’ve done this with cucumber – slice it lengthwise on a mandoline.

  • I do something similar with smoked salmon and it’s a hit wherever I bring it. Smoked salmon, boursin cheese & blanched asparagus. Rolled all together and served on a platter of arugula it makes a really simple (and yummy) appetizer.

    Can’t wait to try this one though!

  • Ben J

    @Jen B

    Jen, eat some meat!