Smoked Prosciutto Wrapped Apple Bites are an easy and delicious warm appetizer that are perfect to serve with wine for entertaining. Sweet apples wrapped in Parmesan cheese, smoked prosciutto and basil.
Sweet apple slices are topped with a slice of Parmesan, then wrapped in the speck. Speck is a similar to prosciutto, but is smoked.
Honey is brushed on top and the bites are broiled until the honey bubbles, the speck gets browned on the edges and the cheese softens.
This amount of time is just enough to warm the bites through and what you get is sweet, smokey, slightly salty bite with the flavor of the Parmesan and freshness of the basil.
Smoked prosciutto (or speck as it is commercially known) is just that, prosciutto that has been cured, slow-smoked and dried. Speck is not widely found, but I was lucky enough to find it in my grocery store. It is also available in Italian markets and of course, online. If you cannot find speck, prosciutto will work just as well.
Since we are in the midst of apple season, apples are my starting point. The combination of the smokey speck and sweet apple seemed to be the perfect pairing for a small bite, but I could not make an Italian inspired appetizer without using Parmesan cheese and basil.
Great holiday appetizers
With their red, white and green presentation, the bites are very festive so you can serve them all holiday season. Serve warm or cold. Of course there are always the times when you have last-minute visitors. Not to worry, you can have them on the table in 15 minutes.
- 1 sweet red apple cut into slices
- 8 slices Parmesan cheese
- 3 ounces speck, 8 slices
- Good honey
- 8 fresh basil leaves
- Preheat broiler and line a baking sheet with foil.
- Top each slice of apple Parmesan cheese, then wrap with 1 slice of speck. Line them up on the baking sheet.
- Brush the tops with honey.
- Broil for 2-3 minutes until you see the honey and speck bubble and brown slightly. Remove and serve warm with a basil leaf for each bite.
Serving Size:2 bites
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 36 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 4mg Sodium: 90mg Carbohydrates: 5g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 4g Protein: 1g