Prosciutto Cups are a great appetizer or snack made with delicious prosciutto, cheddar cheese, Grana Padano, eggs, and cream. These are the perfect finger-food, super easy to make, and ideal for game-day, parties, or even a quick breakfast!
Cheesy Prosciutto Cups
These Prosciutto Cups are what I call superfood! They are easy to make, taste super yummy, and can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Also, you can enjoy them as appetizers or snacks.
Both kids and adults are guaranteed to love them. If you want a high protein, Italian inspired dish, then this recipe is definitely the way to go!
These little cups are super quick to make. Simply prepare the filling and puff them up in the oven. The aroma will fill your room quickly!
What I love about them is the fact that you can make this recipe into bite-size cups, and also it can be made in advance. Prepare them ahead of time and store in the fridge to enjoy for the days to come!
What is Prosciutto?
Prosciutto is an Italian ham that is usually made from either a pig’s or a wild boar’s hind leg or thigh. Then, it is cured by drying and is usually served uncooked.
Also, it is typically served in very thin slices, alongside with cheese. The aging process may differ from region to region, but the overall process and taste are very similar.
To bring you this post I have partnered with the Icons of European Taste and tasted two amazing varieties of prosciutto and a delicious cheese!
PROSCIUTTO DI SAN DANIELE:
Produced in North-Eastern Italy in the Friuli Venezia Giuila region only from the selected thighs from Italian pigs; sea salt, and the microclimate, it is all-natural and dry-cured for at least 13 months.
Try it on poached eggs to elevate your breakfast!
At the deli counter, ask the clerk to show you the San Daniele “SD” inside the shape of ham branded onto the skin of the whole ham.
PROSCIUTTO DI PARMA:
Air-cured prosciutto made only in Italy and sold all over the world it is also called Parma Ham and is aged for at least 400 days. It is amazing when paired with melon, pear or tropical fruits like mango and kiwi. Best enjoyed with a fruity white wine.
If purchasing pre-sliced in packages, look for the large black triangle with the gold Parma Crown in the upper left corner of the package.
It is Italy’s most popular hard grating cheese. “Grana” means hard grating cheese and “Padano” refers to the region in Northern Italy where the cheese must be produced
Made with partially skimmed raw cow’s milk from the production area, is made under strict supervision using the same traditional methods used by the monks who created this cheese over 1000 years ago
It has a finely grained texture and can age to over 24 months. It is great on its own or served with olives and nuts. Pair it with sparkling wine or fruity red and white wines.
What do you need to make Prosciutto Cups?
You will need the following ingredients:
- Prosciutto di Parma
- Fresh rosemary
- Green onions
- Cheddar cheese
- Grated Grana Padano
- Heavy cream
- Sour cream
How to make Cheesy Prosciutto Cups?
These hearty egg cups are super easy to make. I love making about 12 cups of them, but you can adjust this, and prepare more or less.
Also, you can make it into larger or smaller bites depending on your preference. Follow the below steps:
- Prepare the egg filling: First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 C). Then, in a bowl, mix the eggs and heavy cream. Add the cheese and seasoning, also any fresh herbs if using. Set aside.
- Arrange each cup with prosciutto: Lightly grease a muffin pan. Then, carefully take each strip of prosciutto and line it into muffin tins to create a “cup shape”.
- Fill the cups: Using a spoon, fill in each cup with the egg and cheese mixture. Do not fill more than 2/3 full, as they will puff while baking.
- Bake: Once you fill each muffin pin cup, then simply put it in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes, or until cooked. Garnish and serve warm!
This recipe is easily adjustable and can be made with various other ingredients. For example, feel free to make it with various other cheeses, such as ricotta or mozzarella.
Also, you can add nuts or basil to the egg mixture.
To garnish, use some chopped green onions, baked bacon, or sliced cherry tomatoes.
How to serve Prosciutto Cups?
These can be served simply as they are as appetizers. Also, we love serving them for breakfast with some pancakes and honey on the side. For lunch or dinner serve them with Arugula Salad and a delicious sauce for dipping.
How to store them?
These are great to make in advance and simply store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Also, the same applies if you end up with leftovers.
In addition, the bites can be frozen. Prior to freezing, ensure they are completely cooled. Then, transfer to a freezer-safe dish, and place in the freezer for up to 3 months.
When ready to serve the prosciutto egg cups, place on a plate and microwave for 30-45 seconds, or until warm.
- I recommend using good-quality Italian prosciutto such as PROSCIUTTO DI SAN DANIELE or PROSCIUTTO DI PARMA.
- Also, this recipe is easily modifiable and can be substituted with other ingredients. Feel free to add sliced veggies such as sweet peppers, broccoli, etc.
- Other cheeses can be used as well such as ricotta, mozzarella, and others.
Cheesy Prosciutto Cups
- 12 slices Prosciutto
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary (finely chopped)
- 2 tablespoons green onions (chopped)
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
- 1 cup Grana Padano (grated)
- 6 large eggs
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Sour cream - for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C)
- Lightly grease a cupcake tin with butter or oil.
- In a bowl, mix the eggs and cream together. Stir in the cheeses, reserving a little Grana Padano to sprinkle on top of each cup.
- Stir in rosemary and green onions.
- Carefully take your prosciutto strips and line each segment of the cupcake tin to form a cup.
- Fill each cup up to a maximum of 2/3rd full with the egg mixture.
- Sprinkle remaining Grana Padano on top and place into the oven for 15 minutes or until golden.
- Leave to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the tin, enjoy!
- Top with sour cream and green onions.