Spring onions and Prosciutto
Background of the recipe:
If you have a wander through the streets of Palermo or Catania in Sicily, southern Italy, you will see many colourful street vendors selling their wares.
One guy we met had a small barbecue set up and was making some particularly interesting snacks that the locals seemed to be very keen to buy and eat.
We simply had to go and buy some and for a few Euros we were given a paper cone full of small crispy cylinders.
These turned out to have a soft warm onion centre and a crispy bacon outer. We later realised the bacon was the Italian meat Prosciutto.
If you are wondering how to pronounce Prosciutto it is pronounced Proshooto.
Eating this salty snack washed down with a cold beer was heaven and we thought that we could easily make a version of them when we got home.
A bowl of these are ideal as a snack whilst cuddled up watching a film on the TV!
Coming in at just £4 to make enough for two people, this is a snack you can afford at any time.
Ingredient details for Spring onions and Prosciutto:
You can make these on a typical BBQ but we found they taste just as good when cooked in the oven on a shallow baking tray.
The following is for two people to share depending how hungry you are!
5 fresh spring onions
1 packet of Prosciutto or streaky bacon.
A shallow non-stick baking tray, or if not available, wipe the tray with some olive oil to stop things sticking.
Sheet of tin foil
You will also need a sharp knife or ideally a Pizza cutter.
No seasoning is required as the Prosciutto or streaky bacon is already salty but you can add some fresh ground pepper if you like.
To make this simple tasty spring onion snack.
- Peel the dark green outer leaves from the spring onions and top and tail them so you are left with a spring onion of about 6 inches long (150mm).
- Gently rinse the onions with clean water to remove any bits of soil and wipe dry with a clean towel.
- Unwrap the Prosciutto and you will notice that it is in very thin slices.
- Peel off a slice carefully and wrap each onion in a spiral pattern so the onion is fully wrapped in Prosciutto
- It may be that you need to use more than one slice of Prosciutto to fully cover the onion.
- Make sure you go right to the ends of the spring onion stalk.
- Place the wrapped spring onions onto the backing tray and cover with a sheet of tin foil. This will stop the Prosciutto from cooking to quickly and crisping up too fast.
- Place the tray in a preheated oven at 175 Deg C. You may need to adjust the temperature up or down if you have a fan oven.
- After 20 minutes, remove the tin foil and allow the wrapped onions to cook a for a further 5 minutes or until the Prosciutto is golden and crispy.
- Now is the fun bit.
- Remove the tray form the oven and using the pizza cutter, cut the onions into half inch-long pieces (12mm).
- Tip them into a bowl and enjoy this warm and tasty snack with friends.
Why not experiment and instead of Prosciutto, try your favourite bacon type or try wrapping asparagus instead of spring onions?
This is a really simple and warming snack and the kids will love it as well.
Why not give it an extra bit of heat with a grind of fresh black pepper over the top?