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Jan 30, 2010 04:15 PM

Microwaved Prosciutto

I have to share this story...

My wife was running some errands today and she was going to end up at her sister's house. Before she headed out, I bought some hoagies and sent her off with one with prosciutto, fresh mozzarella cheese, and roasted red peppers.

The sandwich was really big, so she offered half to my brother-in-law. When my wife said that it had prosciutto in it he said, "Isn't that raw?" He then proceeded to take the prosciutto out of the sandwich, microwave it, and put it back into the sandwich.

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  1. it's usually no laughing matter when someone ruins a perfectly good ingredient like that, but for some reason i got a good chuckle out of this one :) thanks for sharing.

    1. What a moron.

      I know that this comment might well get deleted, but honestly what else can you say?

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      1. re: Sam Fujisaka

        I suspect there was mix-up with pancetta. Seems to happen a lot.

        1. re: pikawicca

          I slice pancetta thin, and eat it without further cooking.

          1. re: pikawicca

            Pancetta is cured and can be--and often is--eaten without cooking.

            1. re: pikawicca


              Think of it this way...anything sold in the deli case using the same slicers as sandwich meat is ready to eat.

              1. re: jfood

                You can buy pancetta from the deli case and have it sliced on a deli slicer? That's not real pancetta then!

                1. re: ttoommyy

                  Why not? Fairway carries it as a deli item.

                  1. re: sbp

                    Real pancetta? Not a deli-meat pancetta-like version? We always got ours at the local salumeria, so I never knew it could be bought at a deli counter. At home, we always had a big hunk of it and sliced off what we needed. I just can't picture it being sliced on a deli slicer like a luncheon meat. Just goes to show you: you really can learn something new every day. Thanks!

                    1. re: ttoommyy

                      Yeah, a place like Fairway does not have your typical deli counter. They carry 3 different kinds of imported prosciutto, they had jamon iberico for a while. I believe the pancetta at the deli counter is not rolled, but a flat pork belly (which, if cured with the right seasonings, would still be pancetta).

                      1. re: sbp

                        Good to know. I live in Hoboken, NJ, so have always just gone to one of two salumeria's we've gone to for years and years. Thanks for the info.

                        1. re: ttoommyy

                          Those of us unfortunate nothaving Salumerias have to make due with Plan B. Ask the to cut it almost 1/4" thick, a nice dice, with some EVOO, rosemary and roasted potatoes and your good to go.

              2. re: pikawicca

                Well, real prosciutto IS raw, but since it's cured, it doesn't require cooking.

            2. Does your brother-in-law also microwave sashimi to "warm it up"?

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                That definitely made me giggle!

              2. Does he also "nuke" salami?

                1. I've been suspecting it for a while, but this seals it. I imagine that I'm no longer a chowhound as mocking people who have limited knowledge of food is apparently not appealing to me.

                  Moreover, a quick run in the microwave might not destroy prosciutto; not best for it, but could do something to bring out flavours and get the fat melty or something. After all, some microwave prosciutto before using it in a recipe or do so, when, say, it's wrapped around a vegetable and the dish needs heating up.

                  I'm not taking a stand on the microwaving of cold cuts, usually because I can't stop myself from eating these sorts of things straight out of the packet. But I do think I'll take a stand on the telling of stories that allow the self-satisfied among us to crow 'what a moron!' simply because someone is ignorant about something. That just makes me lose my appetite.

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                      1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                        I say "moron." He wasn't simply ignorant of the substance. He actually acted as if he knew better and that failing to microwave the ham was wrong.