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Nov 11, 2011 01:33 PM

Chunks of Frozen Prosciutto

About 6 months ago I, in a fit of foolishness, bought a bunch of chunks of prosciutto ends. They sat in the fridge for a week and then I froze them. Being end pieces, there's a good deal of tough rind.

Today I'm cleaning out my freezer. This consists mainly of looking at plastic bags full of who knows what and trying to identify them. At one time I valued these whatevertheyares enough to package them and put them in the freezer.

So now I have these prosciutto chunks and am asking you guys to suggest a use for them. The only thing I could think of was to use them in a bean soup.

Any ideas?

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  1. Proscuitto chunks, fat trimmed off, can be cut up into a nice dice that is one of the mainstays of our pasta dishes. Bitter greens and garlic, along with diced pieces browned in olive oil, makes a wonderful pasta. Make your favorite mac and cheese and put those diced morsels on top to bake up nice and crunchy. They're a basic part of any good Bolognese sauce and are wonderful browned along with zucchini and then tossed with pasta. Treat them like ham for scalloped potatoes and tuck thin slices or cubes between the potatoes. You have a real treat there if you think of them as a wonderful addition to all sorts of dishes that would otherwise be meatless.

    1. while the chunks are still semi-frozen, slice in a food processor, and then use the same way as streaky bacon :)

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      1. re: KarenDW

        Make a brodo, or prosciutto broth; this is discussed in the very good cookbook A16. Here is the recipe:

        1. re: erica

          A-16? Is that a recipe from the wonderful restaurant in SF? Brings back memories. Haven't been there in a few years.