Prosciutto Purses

March 14th, 2011 by Erin Gennow
Prosciutto Purses with Sliced Pear

Prosciutto Purses with Sliced Pear

Prosciutto Purses

Adapted from Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy by Lidia Bastianich

This little appetizer is a cute, fun, and tasty little bite.  These prosciutto purses are great for serving to a small number of guests, and a great appetizer to utilize helpers.  Get an assembly line together and they will be done in no time.  These salty bites are also great with a glass of Prosecco or sparkling apple cider.  If you can get it, buy real Prosciutto de Parma from a deli that slices it to order.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Makes: 16 purses, serves 4-5 for appetizers


8 slices of Prosciutto de Parma (preferably fresh sliced from a deli if possible), you want the slices as wide as possible (about 4”w x 8”h), and that may be hard to find if you buy it pre-sliced in a grocery store.  If so, double up on the prosciutto, laying the slices side-by-side, slightly overlapping to form wider pieces.

16 chives, as long as you can get them

½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, freshly grated

1-2 tablespoons butter

Fresh ripe figs, pears, or melon – cut into thin slices (whichever fruit is in season)


Separate out the Prosciutto de Parma slices and cut each piece in half lengthwise to make squares about 4×4”.

Have your chives and freshly grated cheese nearby to assemble the purses.

Place 1 teaspoon of freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese in the center of a prosciutto square, gather the edges together at the top in a bunch to form a purse, and tie it with a chive.  Repeat with the remaining prosciutto squares.

Once all purses are made cut your fruit of choice into thin slices or wedges.  I prefer slices.

Heat 1-2 tablespoons of butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium-low heat.  Add the prosciutto purse to the skillet and cook just until they begin to brown on the bottom, about 4 minutes.  If necessary, cook them in batches.

Transfer the prosciutto purses to a plate and serve with the melon, pear, or figs alongside.  I like to place my purse on top of a slice of fruit and eat it that way to get the flavor combination.


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