Sunday, March 7, 2010

Prosciutto Arugula Toasts

I love watching Food Network. One day, right before dinner, Jake decided to watch some Italian themed show and there I was, drooling, ready to lick the screen. I don't remember the name of the show but I took one of the ideas and adapted it for here.

The premise is so easy-crusty Italian bread, topped with prosciutto and then arugula dressed with a bit of olive oil and lemon, topped with shavings of Parmesan. Jake and I snarfed these down, because they were SO good. Quick, too! The original recipe called for pizza dough, which you bake in serving sized rounds like a wrap. I used some Italian bread instead.

To make your own at home you will need...

-slices of Italian bread (about 1/2 inch thick) we used two each, since they weren't that huge
-prosciutto (125 grams served Jake and I with a bit left over)
-tub of arugula
-olive oil
-salt and pepper to taste
-block of Parmesan cheese

Toast the bread. DON'T butter it, just toast it dry. Why? The fat from the proscuitto melts and adds fat to the sandwich anyway, so you don't really need to add more. While the bread is warm, layer on some proscuitto. Set aside.

This is where you get to eyeball it a bit. I took a couple handfuls of arugula and drizzled a small amount (maybe a few teaspoons) of olive oil over it, then cut the lemon in half and squeezed in the juice. Toss. Add some salt and pepper to taste.

Mound the arugula over the prosciutto. Then get out your block of Parmesan and shave bits over top. Serve two toasts per person, and something like oven fries or some veggies and dip would make a nice accompaniment.

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