Prosciutto Cotto Brussels Sprouts

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Heads up: You can make this recipe solely using CostCo ingredients. Yeah, you're welcome.

When I found a large quantity of prosciutto for sale at CostCo, I purchased it without hesitation. It took me a bit of brainstorming to figure out how to use it, though. Oddly enough, as it turns out, I don't love raw prosciutto as much as I love, say, salami and ALL OTHER MEATS. 

Alas, there are no wrong answers in brainstorming (according to 30 rock), so I quickly figured out how to deal with this prosciutto dilemma: cook it.

In Italian, this is called serving it as Prosciutto Cotto. The resulting amazingness is thin and crispy, almost like kettle cooked chips, but with a major burst of smoky ham flavor kind of like - wait for it - BACON! Now, you know I don't just compare things to bacon lightly, because bacon is my jam (speaking of - have you ever made BACON JAM?).

Combine that deliciousness with toasted brussels sprouts and you will be amazed. You're not even stuck with that nasty brussels sprouts smell because all you're getting a whiff of is delicious, decadent prosciutto cotto.

Prosciutto Cotto Brussels Sprouts
  • 1 1/2 cups brussels sprouts, rinsed and ends cut off
  • 2-4 slices prosciutto (you know, depends on how much you LOVE IT)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil 
  • Cooking spray
  • Optional: 1/4 cup walnuts

  1. Cut or rip prosciutto into small pieces, approximately 1-2 inches long and a half inch wide (this doesn't need to be exact - they just need to be bite size!)
  2. Spray a pan and cook on medium-high heat until prosciutto pieces are crispy. Remove prosciutto from heat and set aside.
  3. In the same pan, combine olive oil and brussels sprouts (and walnuts if you are using them) and cook for 8-12 minutes, until brussels sprouts are becoming soft and browned on the edges. 
  4. Add prosciutto and cook for another 1 minute, then serve.

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