Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella Sticks are a quick, easy, 3-ingredient appetizer that everyone loves!

White rectangular platter filled with Prosciutto-Wrapped Smoked Mozzarella Sticks

One evening when Robert and I were at our mountain home, we had an impromptu cocktail gathering with a few friends. I quickly went to my kitchen in search of something to serve, and pulled out some prosciutto and cheese to put together a simple charcuterie platter.

Prosciutto and Mozzarella – A Simple 3-Ingredient Appetizer

Then I remembered those prosciutto or salami-wrapped cheese sticks they sell in our grocery store and realized I had all the right ingredients to make my own version! What’s more, one of my cheeses was smoked Mozzarella, which is a great match with prosciutto.

Even though everything was coming together well for such short notice, I thought they needed a little something more and glanced around my kitchen for another fun ingredient to add. That’s when the fresh basil caught my eye! Earlier that day, I had made my Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette dressing so I had fresh basil sitting on the kitchen counter. I stuck a basil leaf into the prosciutto rolls and voilà! The resulting flavor combination was exactly what I was looking for. A bit smoky from the cheese, a bit sweet from the basil and a bit salty from the prosciutto.

How to make Prosciutto Wrapped Cheese

This easy and colorful appetizer takes just minutes to prepare; here are the easy steps:

  1. Prepare Mozzarella sticks.
    Cut Mozzarella cheese into 3 to 4-inch long matchstick pieces, around 1/2-inch thick. Set aside.
  2. Prepare prosciutto.
    Lay one piece of prosciutto on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, cut into a rectangle, and trim fat off the edges.
  3. Add basil, then cheese.
    Place a large basil leaf (or 2 if small) parallel to one short side of the prosciutto, leaving around 1/2-inch border. Place a cheese stick on top of the basil.
  4. Roll.
    Tightly roll prosciutto around cheese and basil.
  5. Repeat and serve.
    Repeat with remaining prosciutto, cheese and basil. Place sticks on a platter and serve!

How to plate and serve Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella

I like to arrange these Mozzarella sticks in a row on a rectangular plate. Then you can put them out on your table or pass them with cocktail napkins – after all, they’re finger food!

Narrow rectangular white platter filled with Prosciutto-Wrapped Smoked Mozzarella Sticks

Prosciutto and Cheese FAQs

How long does prosciutto wrapped mozzarella last?

These cheese sticks can be covered or wrapped and refrigerated for up to 2 days.

Should prosciutto and mozzarella sticks be served cold or hot?

I tend to serve these sticks at room temperature, but you could also put them on a cookie sheet in a 300 degree oven for around 10 minutes and serve them warm. Don’t heat them for too long – the prosciutto can get greasy and the cheese melty and drippy, which will make them harder to eat.

Can a different type of cheese be substituted for the mozzarella?

Definitely. You can use smoked mozzarella or another semi-soft cheese, including fontina, gouda, havarti, Monterey jack or muenster.

What goes best with Prosciutto Appetizers

Serve these little bites of deliciousness on a cheese board with a mixture of:

  • other cured meats,
  • soft cheese (brie, camembert),
  • hard cheese (Cheddar, Manchego),
  • crackers,
  • baguette slices,
  • toasted nuts (any kind), and
  • fresh fruit (grapes, berries, sliced apples).

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Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella Appetizers

  • Author: (By Lee Clayton Roper)
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 sticks 1x
  • Category: quick and easy appetizers, gluten free, easy entertaining, make ahead

Description

Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella Sticks are a quick and easy, 3-ingredient appetizer that can be prepared ahead of time.


Ingredients

Scale

8 ounces smoked Mozzarella cheese (brick style)

6 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto

1 small packet (around 3/4 ounce) fresh basil


Instructions

  1. Cut Mozzarella cheese into 3 to 4-inch long matchstick pieces, around 1/2-inch thick. Set aside.
  2. Lay one piece of prosciutto on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, cut into a rectangle, and trim fat off the edges.
  3. Place a large basil leaf (or 2 if small) parallel to one short side of the prosciutto, leaving around 1/2-inch border. Place a cheese stick on top of the basil.
  4. Tightly roll prosciutto around cheese and basil.
  5. Repeat with remaining prosciutto, cheese and basil.
  6. Place sticks on a platter and serve!

Notes

Make ahead: Can be made up to 2 days ahead, covered and refrigerated.

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