A meat connoisseur will tell you that great prosciutto can impress on its own. True! But for the sake of variety, as well as presentation, there are plenty of other fun ways to include prosciutto on a charcuterie board. These simple, elegant charcuterie board ideas are easy to make and absolutely divine on the palate. The key is knowing how to balance sweet and savory flavors. Learn how to pair top tier prosciutto di Parma with cheese, fruit, vegetables, and more!
Prosciutto-Wrapped Taralli with Goat Cheese and Truffle Honey
Wrapping other food items in prosciutto slices is a whimsical way to incorporate prosciutto di Parma on a charcuterie board. Sliced prosciutto is very malleable, so it can be transformed into different shapes. Try wrapping an Italian taralli biscuit with a slice, then use the center as a kind of seat for a dollop of goat cheese. Drizzle truffle honey on top for an earthy, rich, and umami-filled experience. Don’t forget to try these truffle recipes at home.
Prosciutto Skewers with Mozzarella and Spiced Olives
Skewers are another inventive way of serving prosciutto di Parma; it’s eye-catching and easy to pick up. Place a slice of meat, a small ball of mozzarella cheese, and a spiced olive on each wooden skewer to form a delightful stack of Italian treats.
Prosciutto-Topped Crostini with Brie Cheese, Arugula, and Balsamic Fig Glaze
The cheeses that best compliment this Italian meat are the rich, creamy, and soft cheeses. Top toasted crostini bread with brie cheese and fresh arugula, then drizzle it with balsamic fig glaze. This combination of textures and the five basic tastes (sour, sweet, savory, bitter, and salty) will have you in charcuterie heaven. Find the best cheeses for other charcuterie meats.
Crispy Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus
Get your veggies in by cooking asparagus spears in boiling water for two minutes, then wrapping them in crispy prosciutto slices. The idea is to give the prosciutto di Parma a bit of warmth and a slight crunch—just don’t overcook it!
Prosciutto-Wrapped Grilled Peaches with Balsamic Glaze
Grilling sweet fruit like peaches is a simple way to mix sweet, savory, and smoky flavors. Eating it while it’s still somewhat warm also imparts a lovely sense of comfort. Drizzle some balsamic glaze for velvety texture and a sour-sweet flavor.
Blue Cheese Prosciutto Rosettes with Orange Blossom Honey
Play up the presentation by folding prosciutto slices into rosettes! It looks elegant, but it’s also surprisingly easy. (It also looks like you put in effort, which your guests will appreciate!) Enhance the flavor by placing a small dollop of blue cheese in the center of each rosette and drizzle it with orange blossom honey. This presentation is rich, sweet, floral, earthy and citrusy all at once!
Prosciutto-Topped Crostini with Goat Cheese and Fig Jam
When in doubt, crostini with goat cheese, prosciutto and fig jam is a completely fail-safe option. One of the most iconic fruits of the Mediterranean, figs will always have a place on any charcuterie board. While you’re at it, discover must-eat Mediterranean street food.
Prosciutto-Wrapped Grissini Drizzled with Olive Oil
Bread, olive oil, and prosciutto are the foundational blocks of any great board. Get them all in one bite by wrapping grissini (Italian breadsticks) with the meat and drizzling it in olive oil. The breadsticks make the meat easy to handle, plus it looks creative! Experience the crunch of the grissini, the silky texture of the prosciutto, and the velvety olive oil all at once for a texture sensation.
Prosciutto Roll-Ups with Red Onion & Thyme Goat Cheese
Another way to turn prosciutto into easy finger food is to wrap each individual slice into a roll with a soft cheese center. It’s basically an upscale version of the ham and cheese rolls you enjoyed as a kid! (Find out what makes Italian meats worth the price.) Try using spreadable red onion and thyme goat cheese for a tangy, herbaceous flavor.
Prosciutto and Burrata Cheese with Melon
It may seem like an odd combination at first, but prosciutto and melon are often paired together! The sweet, mellow flavor of the melon provides the perfect contrast to the rustic, savory nature of the meat. Use a sizeable ball of burrata cheese as the centerpiece, surrounding it with sliced prosciutto and pieces of melon. When the burrata is cut, the rich, creamy center will seep out, providing another layer of flavor and texture. Feel free to drizzle balsamic vinegar or glaze on top!