Goat Cheese in Prosciutto Baskets

by | Dec 5, 2023 | Appetizers | 0 comments

Today, I’m excited to share a recipe that looks like you’ve spent hours in the kitchen, but is actually quite simple: Prosciutto Baskets with Whipped Goat Cheese Filling. These elegant appetizers are sure to impress your guests, and the best part? They’re easier to make than you think!

The Secret to Perfect Prosciutto Baskets

The key to success with this recipe lies in the prosciutto. Ideally, you want slices that are thin enough to be pliable, but not so delicate that they tear easily. Here’s a pro tip: Instead of buying pre-sliced packages, get your prosciutto sliced at your grocery store’s meat department. It makes a world of difference!

Essential Equipment

Before we dive into the recipe, let’s talk equipment. You’ll need a 24-cup mini muffin pan and a pastry bag with tips. Don’t have a pastry bag? No worries! A simple trick is to use a plastic sandwich bag with a small tip cut off one corner. It works like a charm for piping the cheese filling.

Preparation – Quick and Easy Prosciutto Baskets

Preparation time is a breeze at just 20 minutes, and cooking takes only 10 minutes. This recipe yields 24 appetizers, perfect for a crowd.

Ingredients – Simple yet Flavorful

You’ll need:

  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 12 slices of thinly sliced prosciutto
  • 4 oz. goat cheese (softened)
  • 4 oz. ricotta cheese
  • 3 T. heavy cream
  • 2 T. fresh thyme leaves
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • 1/3 c. chopped pistachios

Step-by-Step Directions

  1. Oven Preparation: Preheat your oven to 375°F. Spray your mini-muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Prosciutto Prep: Cut the prosciutto slices in half lengthwise to create 24 strips.
  3. Creating Baskets: Press a strip of prosciutto into a muffin cup, folding and wrapping the ends to form a basket shape. Repeat with the rest.
  4. Baking: Bake the prosciutto baskets for 9-10 minutes. Keep an eye out for the edges browning.
  5. Cheese Filling: While baking, mix goat cheese, ricotta, heavy cream, and thyme. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Assembly: After cooling the baskets, pipe in the cheese mixture. Top with chopped pistachios.
  7. Serving: Serve these delightful appetizers immediately and watch them disappear!
Prosciutto Baskets

Prosciutto Baskets with Whipped Goat Cheese Filling

These elegant appetizers look a lot more complicated than they actually are. The trick is to use prosciutto that is sliced thin enough to manipulate, but not so thin that it will fall apart as you work with it.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: prosciutto, goat cheese, prosciutto baskets
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 24 appetizers
Calories: 54kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • non stick cooking spray
  • 12 slices prosciutto thinly sliced
  • 4 oz goat cheese softened
  • 4 oz ricotta cheese
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves only
  • 1 dash sea salt to taste
  • 1 dash black pepper to taste
  • cup pistachios chopped

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 375°F and spray a 24-cup mini-muffin pan with non-cook cooking spray. Set aside. 
  • Cut prosciutto slices in half lengthwise to create 24 long, thin strips. 
  • Take one thin strip of prosciutto and place is across an empty muffin cup, with the middle of the strip over the mid-point of the cup. Press the center of the prosciutto strip into the bottom of the cup. Carefully fold and wrap one end of the prosciutto around one interior side of the cup until it overlaps the prosciutto on the opposite side. Repeat with the opposite side of the prosciutto so that the exposed areas of the muffin cup are covered to form a “basket.” 
  • Repeat this process with the remaining 23 muffin cups. 
  • Place muffin pan in pre-heated oven and bake for 9-10 minutes. Keep an eye on them while they bake so they don’t overcook. The edges of the prosciutto will start to brown when ready.  
  • While the prosciutto baskets are baking, combine the goat cheese, ricotta cheese, heavy cream, and thyme leaves in a medium bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Set aside. 
  • Remove the muffin pan from the oven and cool for several minutes before transferring each prosciutto basket to a plate lined with paper towels. Flip each basket after a couple minutes and blot carefully to remove excess grease. When complete, transfer baskets to a large serving platter.  
  • Once prosciutto baskets are cool to the touch, transfer the cheese mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a tip. Carefully pipe the goat cheese mixture into each prosciutto basket. 
  • Top each cheese-filled prosciutto basket with some chopped pistachios and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Notes

Tip: If possible, have your prosciutto sliced by your grocery store’s meat department instead of buying the ready-sliced packages.

Nutrition

Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 134IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Conclusion

These Prosciutto Baskets with Whipped Goat Cheese are not only a treat for the taste buds but also a feast for the eyes. They are the perfect combination of elegant and easy, making them ideal for any gathering. Give them a try, and I’m sure they’ll become a go-to recipe for your parties and events. Happy cooking!

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