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Fresh Mozzarella with Prosciutto (Ciliegine con Prosciutto) recipe

A classic Italian appetizer.

Recipe: Fresh Mozzarellawith Prosciutto (Ciliegine con Prosciutto)

1 fresh lemon
1 large garlic clove, finely minced
2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
9 ounces fresh mozzarella cherries* or fresh mozzarella
15 thin prosciutto slices (6-ounces)
1 medium bunch fresh dill

  • Squeeze lemon juice into a medium bowl.
  • Peel and crush garlic and add to the lemonjuice along with the chives, olive oil, and red pepper flakes.
  • Drain and add cheese “cherries”or cut mozzarella into 3/4-inch cubes and add to the mixture.
  • Marinate at room temperature at least2 hours.
  • Cut prosciutto slices in half lengthwise.Wrap 1 slice of prosciutto around each piece of cheese and 1small sprig of dill. Secure with a wooden pick to serve.

    Makes 30 servings.

    *Small, cherry-sized balls of cow’s milkmozzarella, packed in sealed plastic containers are availablein the dairy section of many supermarkets or speciality stores.

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