Saturday, December 24, 2011

Pear & Prosciutto Bites

We were invited to our friends' house last night, and I felt the need to bring something wrapped in prosciutto.  I looked on Google to see what kinds of recipes might come up, and then I sort of combined a couple of them to make these tasty little appetizers.

1 pear, thinly sliced (I got about 20 slices)
20 slices of gruyère cheese (thin and skinny, so that they are roughly the same size as the pear slices)
20 mint leaves, washed
10 slices of prosciutto, cut in half
balsamic vinegar
olive oil (optional)

Place a slice of cheese and a mint leaf on top of each pear slice.  Wrap it up in a half-slice of prosciutto.  Lay them on a plate and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  (We only used the vinegar last night.)

I don't have a picture of these, but once you wrap everything up it just looks like a rolled up piece of prosciutto anyway.  You could easily modify this recipe however you like.... try apples or melons instead of pears, try a different type of cheese, and/or try basil instead of mint.  These were really good, and kind of surprising when you first pop one in your mouth - the mint is not a flavour you'd expect to find with meat and cheese, but it all works together somehow.  Give it a try next time you're looking for a new appetizer recipe!
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