Prosciutto Rolls with Fennel, Arugula and Mint

By TasteFood
March 23, 2013
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Author Notes: I've been making variations of this recipe for years. It's light and fresh, a perfect springtime hors-d'oeuvre. The unwavering ingredient in the rolls is fennel. Its crisp texture and cool anise-y flavor offset the supple prosciutto and soft greens. Be sure to give a good whisk to the oil to lightly infuse it with the crushed garlic clove.TasteFood

Makes: 12

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small garlic clove, smashed with the blade of a knife
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 prosciutto slices, halved lengthwise
  • 2 cups baby arugula leaves
  • 1 medium fennel bulb, fronds trimmed, halved lengthwise, each half thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 4 ounces Parmigiano cheese, shaved
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves, torn if large
  1. Whisk oil, garlic, zest and pepper in a small bowl with several strokes to infuse the oil with the garlic.
  2. Place a slice of prosciutto on a work surface, short end closest to you. Lightly brush with olive oil.
  3. Arrange 6 to 8 arugula leaves at the base. Place a few slices of fennel and Parmigiano shavings over the arugula. Top with a few pieces of mint. Roll up from the base, tucking the prosciutto tightly around the vegetables. Continue to roll, placing 1 or 2 additional arugula leaves in the fold as you roll up. Place seam side down on a platter.
  4. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

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