A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to learn all there is to know about Prosciutto di Parma. That means Italy, baby. Jaden hasn’t even been to Italy before, so the fact that I was able to go in her place was quite the job perk! She made me promise to eat lots and lots for her, which I, being the obedient assistant that I am, carried out with grace. In the end, it all worked out, that same weekend, Jaden ended up hosting the 3rd annual dumpling festival in New York City, in fact, it worked out so well that they were able to raise over $46,000 for the Food Bank for NYC!
Surprisingly enough, there are only two ingredients that go into prosciutto di Parma (also called Parma Ham), they are natural sea salt and Italian pork, more specifically “special” Italian pork that has been raised in one of 10 regions of Northern Italy. Here are a few photos from my experience, and yes, that is me in the funny hat (not my choice).
For the crostinis, you will need five ingredients: French bread, prosciutto, ricotta, arugula and honey.
Start by slicing the baguette on the diagonal to make around 20 1/2-inch thick slices then lightly brush each slice with olive oil. Bake slices in a 350 degree F oven for 2-3 minutes or until they just begin to toast around the edges.
While the slices are still warm, spread on the ricotta cheese.
Then, top with prosciutto, arugula leaves and a drizzle of honey.
Serve and enjoy!
Servings: serves 4-6 as an appetizer
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
These would be great served at a cocktail party or at the beginning of a special meal.
Recipe adapted from Food + Words.
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2) Lightly brush bread slices with olive oil, and then bake in the oven for 2-3 minutes until the edges begin to brown.
3) Spread ricotta cheese onto each toasted bread slice, and then top with a slice of prosciutto, arugula leaves and a drizzle of honey.