If you are a fan of sweet and savory appetizers, you are going to absolutely love this recipe for prosciutto wrapped sweet potatoes. These delicious wedges are baked until they're perfectly crispy and then topped with a mouth-watering maple balsamic glaze.
Trust me, your guests are going to be raving about these at your next party! Not only are they easy to make, but they look so impressive when served on a platter. I promise you, this is one recipe that will have everyone asking for seconds. So, why not try making them for your next get-together and impress your guests with your culinary skills?
What Is Prosciutto?
You might have seen these thin, delicate slices of meat gracing charcuterie boards, but do you know what it is and how it's made? If not, here's a quick lesson. Prosciutto is a luxurious Italian cured ham that's crafted from pork legs. The meat is carefully salted to prevent bacteria from entering it, which allows us to enjoy it raw. Then, it's left to dry-age for a period of about 34 months.
This lengthy process results in a melt-in-your-mouth texture that's bursting with flavor, making prosciutto a true delicacy. So, when you serve it as an appetizer at your next gathering, your friends and family are sure to be impressed by its unique taste and luxurious texture.
Prosciutto vs Bacon: What’s the difference?
Are you a meat lover like me? If so, then you must be wondering about the difference between prosciutto and bacon. Well, let me break it down for you. Prosciutto is a luxurious Italian cured ham made from pork legs, whereas bacon is a more common form of cured meat made from pork belly. Unlike prosciutto, bacon needs to be cooked before consumption. Once cured, it's then smoked to give it that irresistible maple or apple smoky flavor that we all crave.
Now, when it comes to "wrapped" appetizers, you might be thinking of bacon wrapped everything. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of bacon, but for this recipe, I prefer to use prosciutto. Why? Because its unique flavor profile perfectly complements the sweet potato and maple balsamic glaze. Trust me, once you try these prosciutto wrapped sweet potatoes, you'll never go back to bacon-wrapped anything!
How To Make Prosciutto Wrapped Sweet Potatoes
Here's a step-by-step guide on how to make them with just 5 ingredients.
- First, parboil the potatoes a day before by placing them in a pot of cold, salted water and boiling them for 10-12 minutes until slightly soft.
- Drain and let them cool before storing them in the fridge overnight.
- The next day, preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Slice the potatoes lengthwise into quarters, then slice each quarter in half.
- Cut your prosciutto in half lengthwise, creating thin strips, and wrap each potato slice with one piece of prosciutto.
- Place the wrapped potato slices on a parchment-lined baking sheet, brush them with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
- While the potatoes are baking, mix together maple syrup and balsamic vinegar. After 20 minutes, remove the baking sheet, brush the potatoes with the syrup, and bake for another 8-10 minutes until the prosciutto becomes slightly crispy.
- Finally, remove the potatoes from the oven, drizzle them with a little more syrup, and serve immediately. These prosciutto wrapped sweet potatoes are sure to be a hit at your next party or gathering!
Can I use a different glaze instead of the maple balsamic glaze?
Yes, feel free to experiment with different glazes to find what works best for you. A honey mustard glaze or a brown sugar glaze would be great options to try.
Can I make this recipe vegetarian-friendly?
Yes, you can substitute the prosciutto with thin slices of zucchini or eggplant to create a vegetarian version of this dish.
Prosciutto wrapped sweet potatoes are a perfect appetizer that's sure to impress your guests. With just a few simple ingredients and easy steps, you can create a delicious and unique dish that's packed with flavor. So, what are you waiting for? Whip up a batch of these prosciutto wrapped sweet potatoes and get ready to be the star of your next party! If you have any questions about the recipe or cooking process, don't hesitate to check out the FAQs section below.
We have included answers to some of the most common questions, so you can be sure to have a successful cooking experience.