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Cooking Tip of the Week (June 3, 2015)

Posted by William Abruzzo on June 5, 2015 at 12:15 AM

Minced Prosciutto Adds Rich Flavor to Your Dish!



        Prosciutto adds an extra depth of wonderful pork flavor to any seafood, pasta or vegetable dish. The unexpected rich flavor compliments just about anything. Adding some diced prosciutto to sautéed vegetables, shellfish steamed in white wine or even a hearty meat ragu is very simple, and it will surely impress your family and dinner guests.


         You can purchase prosciutto sliced fresh from the deli counter or pre-packaged. The pre-packaged brands are sliced very thin, and the slices of prosciutto are separated with wax paper. The authentic Prosciutto di Parma and other imported Italian brands, such as San Daniele, tend to be very expensive. If you are adding prosciutto to a dish for flavoring, a good quality domestic prosciutto is all that you will need.


         If prosciutto is available at the deli counter, ask the attendant to slice it in a slab. Simply dice it up and throw it into the frying pan as you are sautéing aromatics or creating the sauce for your dish. Let the prosciutto saute with the aromatics or simmer in the sauce for a few minutes to extract its flavor. As prosciutto tends to be salty, be sure to season the dish with salt at the very end. If you are using pre-packaged thinly sliced prosciutto, remove all of the wax paper and lay the slices in a pile. Set the prosciutto in the freezer for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. When the prosciutto is semi-frozen, it will be much easier to dice or mince.


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1 Comment

Reply Jack P.
11:54 AM on June 26, 2015 
I like this tip. Freezing it makes sense.