What is Prosciutto Cotto?
Literally meaning “ham” in Italian, prosciutto is a quintessential cured meat that many people remember from the classic ham and cheese sandwiches found in grade school lunchboxes. Prosciutto di Parma is one of the most well-known types of Italian cured hams, while Prosciutto Cotto is a relatively new variety. Both are made from the hind legs of pigs, but what makes Prosciutto Cotto different is the production method; Prosciutto Cotto is cooked while Prosciutto Crudo is dry-cured and aged. Read More
One of the first types of cured meat, the production of prosciutto ham can be traced back to pre-Roman Etruscan times in ancient Italy. Today, Prosciutto Cotto has become one of the most popular “salumeria” products in Italy. Not only does it deliver a satisfying combination of buttery and rich flavors, but it also has a low amount of sodium compared to other deli meats.
Using premium quality pig legs, the meat is massaged with traditional pork flavorings like salt, pepper, bay leaves, and juniper, and then placed into molds that create the shape of prosciutto ham. Next, the meat is slowly steam cooked at 70°C, which gives it the perfect amount of moisture and tenderness along with a delicate texture and briny, slightly sweet flavors.
How is Prosciutto Cotto used?
For the best quality Prosciutto Cotto, Mastro is the preferred brand among chefs and gourmands. Thanks to its universal appeal, Prosciutto Cotto is a must-have for appetizer plates. A tasty recipe from Food Network Star Giada de Laurentiis, Prosciutto Cotto pinwheels get a creamy and aromatic lift with ricotta cheese, fresh rosemary, grated Parmesan, plus a punch of tanginess from Italian-style pickled vegetables. It all comes together in a pretty pinwheel that is rolled and sliced into the perfect size small bites.
Paper thin slices of Prosciutto Cotto can also be artfully arranged into the shape of a flower and accented with small pieces of bread or toast points, plus grapes, strawberries, and gourmet cheese as part of an upscale antipasto platter. One of the most popular uses of Prosciutto Cotto is a ham and cheese sandwich, which can be enhanced with mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and tangy cornichons. Italian Prosciutto Cotto can also be diced into small pieces and used as a flavorful pizza topping.
Where to buy Prosciutto Cotto
At Supermarket Italy, we feature Prosciutto Cotto by Mastro, a robust and full-flavored Italian-style ham. Not only does it taste delicious, but this variety of Italian Prosciutto Cotto is also extra lean and low in fat. Considered an Old World delicacy, Mastro Prosciutto Cotto is one of the finest Italian hams you can buy. When you buy prosciutto Cotto online from Supermarket Italy, you can enjoy the convenience of premium quality prosciutto ham delivered straight to your door. Add it to your shopping list today and bring the classic flavors of Italy’s favorite ham to your everyday meals.