Saturday, July 13, 2013

Prosciutto Wrapped Pears

Everything tastes better wrapped in prosciutto. It’s a well-known fact of life.

this firm pear wrapped in prosciutto is what you need in your life when you only have fifteen minutes to spare and are simultaneously putting on your earrings while trying to fit into your too tight holiday dress. (I know I just described Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones’s Diary, but just go with it…you probably fit just fine in your holiday dress.)
This recipe–or more like non-recipe–is for those procrastinators who forgot to freeze up cookie dough or ran out of time to bake up banana bread. This is the holy-shiz-I-don’t-have-my-life-together-but-need-to-bring-something type of appetizer.
In moments like these you don’t need a recipe; you need something you can assemble…complete with glitter skewers! (Clearly my five-year-old self is not over glitter yet.)

1. Firm pears, I used Bosc. A Bartlett pair would be a fine match, too.
2. Balsamic vinegar.
3. Prosciutto.
This recipe will yield fifteen skewers, which is the perfect obligatory amount you probably need to bring to a party.

Do you ever end up going to a party, try all of the appetizers and then like the one you brought the best?! And so then you just stand there and eat your own dish the whole night?! And maybe you eat it all?!
Me neither…but that’d be embarrassing.
Since there were only three things in this appetizer, I splurged on the prosciutto.
Have you ever had super cheap, poor-quality prosciutto? It tastes like rubber and it’s tough to bite through. Not ok.
Even on the fancy stuff, I bought 1/4 pound and only spent $6.
Rather than putting the balsamic glaze on top in a crazy artistic fashion, I like it underneath the prosciutto. It’s a fun little surprise because people won’t know it’s under there and then you’ll overhear them be like, “oooo! fun!”
And if for some reason you make this and then decide you want to be anti-social and watch television alone instead, don’t feel badly. It worked out wonderfully for me.
Prosciutto Wrapped Pears
3/4 cup balsamic vinegar (will be reduced to 3 tablespoons)  OR BALSAMIC GLAZE
1/4 pound prosciutto, thinly sliced
3 bosc pears, halved and trimmed
1. In a small saucepan, add the balsamic vinegar and place it over medium heat. Bring the vinegar to a simmer and then decrease heat to medium-low. Cook for 5-7 minutes, and until vinegar is a syrupy consistency. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside. Note: balsamic will continue to thicken as it sits.
This is where I skip and use Balsamic Glaze, it's already ready, even easier, I think.
2. Using a melon baller, scoop out circular shapes from the pears. Note: If you have a little trouble and some of them aren’t perfectly shaped, not to worry; alternatively, you can sandwich two awkward pear balls together and wrap them in the prosciutto. Proceed to wrap the pear balls with the prosciutto (I slightly slightly slightly cook my prosciutto)   and place a skewer in its center.
3. Using a teaspoon, drop small dollops of balsamic glaze on your serving dish. Place the prosciutto skewers atop the balsamic glaze and serve.

Recipe from "A Cozy Kitchen"

yesterday some of my friends and I went for lunch and then cruising around one
of the funky/trendly areas of Houston looking for antiques, vintage, 
real European foodstuffs, really anything that captured our interest.
So HOT it almost ruined it for all of us, unfortunately.
but I found a new OLIVE OIL, cold pressed Extra Virgin
I will tell you about tomorrow
when I explain how one of my girlfriends has lost 50 lbs.



Katie Clooney said...

Looks delish. Will definitely try is sometime. Love the last pic!!!

Sherri B. said...

Forget the party...I like the, alone with the television idea!

I will definitely be tuning in tomorrow to find out how your friend lost 50 lbs..good for her! xo

Henhurst Interiors said...

Great post! Will be making these - Prosciutto is very popular in this household. Had to copy and share that last bit.

Kori said...

These look delicious! Have a great night! Kori xoxo

Coco said...

Yummy! A recipe from my country which you have made the most of!
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