Let me tell you a not-so-secret secret. Come closer or someone else will hear! It is really simple to throw a great New Year’s Party. Don’t try too hard. Stick to friends, family, appetizers, the best wine and champagne. Make your food FUN – not stuffy! There is something tantalizing about any food you can hold in your hand, banishing fork and knife to a dark kitchen drawer, including skewered treats, BACON WRAPPED WATER CHESTNUTS, toothpick appetizers, phyllo pastry cups, lettuce wraps and more. Ever heard of a little high brow- a little low brow? What about – a little classy – a little trashy? These fit the description – Fancy bacon made into a bowl! Perfect!
Given this information, is it really surprising that I take such joy in prosciutto cups? They are simple enough to make. All you need are some mini muffin tins and prosciutto. Borrow a few tins from an aunt, friend or neighbor if you don’t own any. It starts with the prosciutto. Go to an Italian deli or your local deli (if you are lucky). Have the person behind the counter thinly slice some good prosciutto for you. You don’t need to go overboard and get the best prosciutto from Italy. If you buy some of the ‘really good stuff,’ save it for eating raw, wrapping around breadsticks/freshly sliced melon/chicken tenders or served atop pizza. Get a decent, mid-priced variety.
Preheat oven to 375 F. Spray mini muffin tins with cooking spray. Cut each prosciutto slice into 3-4 pieces, width wise. Wrap each piece in the muffin tin to form a cradle or little bowl. Bake in preheated over for 15 minutes, or until starting to crisp but not burn.
Using a spoon or your hands, remove crisp prosciutto cups and transfer to a serving plate. Fill with fresh pears, crab, cheddar cheese & chives, etc. Get creative with your fillings. I won’t tell you what to do for this one. Have fun – get fancy and bake an egg in the prosciutto cups if you dare! Serve immediately.
Happy New Year, friends! I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015!