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Sunday 20 January 2019

Prosciutto (ham) ... some facts and low carb recipe suggestions

Pronounce it: proh-shoo-toe 
Prosciutto is sweet, delicate ham intended to be eaten raw. The word 'prosciutto' is the Italian for ham, but is widely used to describe seasoned, cured, air-dried ham. True prosciutto comes from Italy, but versions are now produced elsewhere. 
'Prosciutto cotto' is cooked and 'prosciutto crudo' is raw (although safe and ready to eat thanks to the curing process). Italian prosciuttos are labelled according to their city or province of origin. The most famous is 'prosciutto di Parma' or Parma ham, which is salted and air-dried for 8 to 24 months. 
Choose the best 
In supermarkets prosciutto comes pre-prepared in thin, almost transparent, slices. However, delis will cut fresh slices from the leg at the desired thickness.
Prepare it 
Prosciutto is usually eaten raw, but can be added to pasta or risotto. Add it at the last minute as lengthy cooking will toughen it and destroy the delicate flavour. 
Store it 
Keep in the fridge and consume by the use by date. Once opened eat within two days. 
Cook it For a classic no-fuss Italian starter, drape slices of prosciutto over quarter of a juicy melon - and that's it. 
Try pancetta or ham.

Recipe suggestions

Asparagus Wrapped With Prosciutto : Low Carb
more details here

Warm courgette and aubergine salad, with prosciutto : Low carb
more details here

Frittata with Butternut Squash, Spinach and Prosciutto
more details here

You will find a variety of articles and recipe ideas within this blog. It is important to note, not all may be suitable for you. If you have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan


JFM said...

Very informative and some delicious looking recipes, too.
Thank you Jan.
Have a lovely day~

Christine said...

Thanks for the info on proscuitto, very helpful.

eileeninmd said...


I would love to try both the recipes with the wrapped asparagus and the Frittata, YUM!

Happy Sunday, enjoy your day. Have a great new week ahead.

Valerie-Jael said...

You have made me hungry with these delicious ideas. Valerie

Debbie said...

ooooh i just love it!! my favorite is with fresh mozzarella and tomato...but it is so good, any way you eat it!!!

It's me said...

My favorite ham...i have always in the fridge..Nice in salade or bij a glass of wine....mmmmmm....lovely week 💕

Tom said...

...several tasty looking choices.

William Kendall said...

Good suggestions!

Elephant's Child said...

Not for me, but it is a very popular treat.

Jo said...

They all look like great recipes.

Sandy said...

I LOVE Prosciutto and buy it all the time. I love it with mellon, love it in eggs, and with pasta. It's so full of flavor you really don't need very much. You get the taste of meat, but you don't need to have mounds of meet. I like to chop onion, and half cherry tomato's with it over pasta and drizzle with olive oil and good cheese. Yum. Salad...must remember that.

Louca por porcelana said...

My favorite recipe is that frittata,looks great!Hugs,Jann!

sandy said...

i love the idea of the asparagus wrapped with poscuito - we often have some in pasta.

Iris Flavia said...

Hmmmm, love it, too!

Sara - Villa Emilia said...

Such an interesting and helpful post, Jan!
The suggested recipes look really tasty.
Wishing you all a happy week ahead!

Phil Slade said...

That's a classic for me, usually with serrano. Our yearly treat in Menorca is seeing slices of serrano on the breakfast buffet and to then add a fried egg, baked tomato and beans. Can't wait for the asparagus season now as I'm not keen on that Peruvian asparagus that's travelled half way around the world.

Have a good week Jan and Eddie.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Pratos deliciosos que me fizeram abrir o apetite, aproveito para desejar uma boa semana.

Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros

chrissie said...

Amazing recipes. Thank you for sharing them

Love Chrissie xx

mamasmercantile said...

Great recipes. I am a great fan of asparagus wrapped in ham but I like it with a cheese sauce and grilled.

DIMI said...

Hello Jan!
Great recipes and good suggestions!
I love Prosciutto,and i make piza with mozzarella and Prosciutto!
Thank you for sharing! Have a lovely day and a happy week!

carol l mckenna said...

Yummy recipes ~ Delish!

Happy Day to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Conniecrafter said...

we made a recipe that the Prosciutto was wrapped around a chicken breast a year or so ago, this reminding me of that, I will have to look for that recipe again :) I didn't know the background of it, neat to read that

Magic Love Crow said...

Thanks so much Jan! This all looks so good! Big Hugs!

baili said...

sounds great recipes dear Jan!