Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Prosciutto Wrap ~ "Can life get better? I submit it can NOT!"

If you are like me and overly ambitious in the gardening area, here's a little recipe that is an alternative to all that pesto you are making with the mounds of basil that you are harvesting. It's a great picnic food to - easy to make, easy to carry, easy to eat!  Try one A.S.A.P. You will thank me. I promise.

I just told Mr. Amazing Man that when we move, we need to move somewhere that basil will grow year-round.  I am in love with fresh basil. Amen.

 Here's what you need to make the magic happen:
  • Prosciutto
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Those whole wheat Roll-Up things from Costco (I am sure a whole wheat tortilla would do in a pinch)
  • Fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper

Slice the tomatoes nice and thin. (Sadly, these ones are from the store. Even more sadly, the deer around here ate my perfectly ripe ones the other night. I was not happy. But I am very happy with this tomato knife/Christmas present from King Arthur Flour. Who knew a knife could make me so happy?)

P.S. Fresh tomatoes and fresh basil should get married. That is all I have to say about that.

Then take one of these fantastic whole wheat roll-ups from Costco. (Ignore all the stuff about it being healthy. Just use them because they taste good. The health benefits are secondary...)

Then spread on about 1/4 cup of ricotta cheese.  Or more if you are like me and love ricotta cheese.

Chase husband away with stern looks so that he will quit stealing the prosciutto you have so carefully peeled away. Then layer some tasty prosciutto ham onto the wrap. 

Here comes my favorite part: sweet basil!!! Put more or less in there, depending on your own taste. I have tried this wrap with cinnamon basil and Thai basil and sweet basil makes the best pairing with the other ingredients.

Oh, sweet mystery of life, I have found you (again)! Slap some fresh tomatoes onto the wrap...

Then salt and pepper that baby to taste. Starting at one of the short ends, roll the wrap up and slice on a diagonal. I used the tomato knife because I am to lazy/efficient to wash two knives! In the words of my favorite stand up comedian, "I can’t be opening and closing all kinds of jars... cleaning, who KNOWS how many knives!?"!!!"

Now back to your regularly scheduled programming of pesto 101.

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