Prosciutto Wrapped Pears


Everything tastes better wrapped in prosciutto. It’s a well-known fact of life.

This firm pear situation wrapped in prosciutto is what you need in your life when you only have fifteen minutes to spare and are simultaneously putting on your earrings while trying to fit into your too tight holiday dress. (I know I just described Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones’s Diary, but just go with it…you probably fit just fine in your holiday dress.)

This recipe–or more like non-recipe–is for those procrastinators who forgot to freeze up cookie dough or ran out of time to bake up banana bread. This is the holy-shiz-I-don’t-have-my-life-together-but-need-to-bring-something type of appetizer.

In moments like these you don’t need a recipe; you need something you can assemble…complete with glitter skewers! (Clearly my five-year-old self is not over glitter yet.)

For this appetizer, you’ll need three things:

1. Firm pears. I used Bosc. A Bartlett pair would be a fine match, too.
2. Balsamic vinegar.
3. Prosciutto.

This recipe will yield fifteen skewers, which is the perfect obligatory amount you probably need to bring to a party.

Do you ever end up going to a party, try all of the appetizers and then like the one you brought the best?! And so then you just stand there and eat your own dish the whole night?! And maybe you eat it all?!

Me neither…but that’d be embarrassing.

Since there were only three things in this appetizer, I splurged on the prosciutto.

Have you ever had super cheap, poor-quality prosciutto? It tastes like rubber and it’s tough to bite through. Not ok.

Even on the fancy stuff, I bought 1/4 pound and only spent $6.

Rather than putting the balsamic glaze on top in a crazy artistic fashion, I like it underneath the prosciutto. It’s a fun little surprise because people won’t know it’s under there and then you’ll overhear them be like, “oooo! fun!”

And if for some reason you make this and then decide you want to be anti-social and watch television alone instead, don’t feel badly. It worked out wonderfully for me.

Prosciutto Wrapped Pears

Print this assembly!

3/4 cup balsamic vinegar (will be reduced to 3 tablespoons)
1/4 pound prosciutto, thinly sliced
3 bosc pears, halved and trimmed

1. In a small saucepan, add the balsamic vinegar and place it over medium heat. Bring the vinegar to a simmer and then decrease heat to medium-low. Cook for 5-7 minutes, and until vinegar is a syrupy consistency. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside. Note: balsamic will continue to thicken as it sits.

2. Using a melon baller, scoop out circular shapes from the pears. Note: If you have a little trouble and some of them aren’t perfectly shaped, not to worry; alternatively, you can sandwich two awkward pear balls together and wrap them in the prosciutto. Proceed to wrap the pear balls with the prosciutto and place a skewer in its center.

3. Using a teaspoon, drop small dollops of balsamic glaze on your serving dish. Place the prosciutto skewers atop the balsamic glaze and serve.

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  • Reply Cynthia March 19, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Loving this idea! Question – I would like to make them 1 hour before my guests arrive. Should I sprinkle the pear balls with lime juice to avoid browning?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme March 19, 2018 at 10:51 pm

      Ahh yes, that would totally work. I think if you sprinkled them with lime or lemon juice, they won’t oxidize πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sue P May 16, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    These look delicious and so easy, they are a winner!
    Love your sense of humour too.
    Sue P

  • Reply Holly Henderson December 28, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Your food photography just gets better and better–you really bring out the best of the food and make it look so awesome.

  • Reply Smitten Foodie December 16, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    What a great appetizer for New Years! That and something sparkling to drink and we’ll be set:) thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Leah December 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I love that little secret pool of balsamic under there – very dignified!

  • Reply Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen December 14, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I love discovering new, quick and flavorful appetizers that impress the guests.. this is one of them! Great idea!

  • Reply Hilary December 13, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    “Atop” – love it!
    and if you don’t eat all your own appetizer that just means all your friends are awesome cooks too!!!

  • Reply Jayne December 13, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Is that balsamic reduction? I’ve been seeing thick balsamic glaze like this all over the net but mine is more of the runny kind. Does that mean I’d need to reduce mine with, like, some sugar to get it so thick?

    • Reply Jayne December 13, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      oops… I left out reading the first step of your recipe. πŸ™ So sorry. I guess I got too excited and reacted faster than my brain.

  • Reply Sarah December 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I love this kind of simple elegant winter cocktail food. So easy to do, and yet impressive enough for those guests who you want to impress!

  • Reply Nancy December 13, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Yummy! Love pears.

    Nancy, Colorado Springs Roofing

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