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