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Proscuitto, Arugula and Parmesan Party Starters

Prosciutto, Arugula and Parmesan Rolls

I popped into my local fish market (Gemini) the other day and was greeted by one of my favorite fishmongers, Chef Dave Gibson.

Fresh Organic Arugula

I love chatting with Chef Dave.  I love listening to the adventurous food stories from his days as a private chef for several northwest cruise lines.  And he’s always got a great recipe or two in his back pocket, especially when it comes to seafood.


So while I was selecting my fresh seafood for dinner, I asked Chef Dave if he had any great ideas for a chilled starter.  And snap!  There it was.  Chef Dave gave me this yummy idea of rolling up beautiful, slightly salty prosciutto with fresh aromatic arugula leaves a little shaved parmesan. Ok, what a great idea!

Ready to roll

So I tried it.  It’s so yummy I’m preparing this for my friends holiday party.  Then I thought, I have to share!  A simple, delicious, fresh and vibrant tasting appetizer to get the holiday parties started.

Prosciutto, Arugula and Parmesan Rolls

Now that my sample platter is gone, I think I’ll have to prepare a few more.  I might even have them for lunch.  🙂

Prosciutto, Arugula and Parmesan Party Starters

Recipe compliments of Chef Dave Gibson

Serves 8


1/2 lb sliced prosciutto (or two 5 oz packages)

1 bunch arugula (larger leaves)

4-5 oz wedge of parmesan (parmigiano-reggiano is the preferred)

Party picks (optional)

Drizzle of high quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar (optional)


Place a slice of prosciutto on a flat surface, cutting board or parchment.  Layer with an arugula leaf and then top with a shaved piece (or pieces) of parmesan.  I’ve included a photo above.

Roll tightly. The prosciutto should stick to itself but you can always toothpick with festive party picks.  Place on a platter.

For a little extra zing, when finished rolling, lightly drizzle with high quality extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Serve and enjoy!

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  • Reply
    Cookery For Two
    November 23, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Quick, Easy and Fresh! Love this one Karista. Enjoy your Turkey Day!

    : )

    Thanks for sharing!

    ~ Cookery for Two

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      November 23, 2011 at 1:52 pm

      So glad you like! I’m completely hooked and making them again for apps tomorrow. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving too! 🙂

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    November 24, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    A perfect little starter that can be prepared early in the day. Simple and fast…I love it.

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      November 25, 2011 at 9:10 am

      Thanks Karen! I prepared them yesterday and they seemed to disappear in five minutes flat. 🙂

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    Christine @ The Savoury Traveller
    November 27, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing! We’re hosting Christmas day brunch for our family and I will definitely be making a plate of these for the spread!

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      November 27, 2011 at 6:20 pm

      You are so welcome Christine! I just love your blog and find myself cruising on over to see what you’re up to next. 🙂

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        Christine @ The Savoury Traveller
        November 27, 2011 at 6:50 pm

        I’m making your apple compote to go with my roasted pork loin for Sunday supper 🙂

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        November 27, 2011 at 8:31 pm

        I love the apple compote! A family fave. Hope you love it too!

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    Maria Nelson
    December 7, 2011 at 9:31 am

    That looks lush… As Trisha would say! I love simple delicious appetizers like this. Elegant and so easy. I will definitely be adding this to my repertoire!

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      December 7, 2011 at 8:51 pm

      Haha! I can hear Trisha say that! They are so easy, and so delicious! I’ve made a lunch of them with rosemary crackers. Yum!

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