Crispy Ham Baskets Stuffed with Stracchino Cheese and Pears

ham baskets with pear and cheese

These crispy Prosciutto (Italian ham) baskets stuffed with cheese and pears are a great idea for your Christmas party appetizer. It's an easy and elegant holiday appetizer recipe that you can prepare for a family lunch rather than for a dinner with friends.

Everybody knows: organizing and cooking for a buffet party is very challenging. Everything has to be ok and cooking for many persons is very hard. But this easy Christmas finger food recipe will help you.

The cheese and pear match is a very typical Italian combination: as the proverb says: “Don't let the peasant know how good the cheese with the pears is.” By adding a special cured ham to the sweet flavor of cheese and pear you will give a wonderful taste experience to your guests.

With this original Christmas appetizer your party will be a success!

  • Cut pears into cubes and marinate them with lemon juice.
  • Line the muffin tins with slices of ham. Remove some fat from the slices (we want to suggest you healthy Christmas appetizers!) and let them generously overhang from the molds.
  • Bake the molds lined with prosciutto for about ten minutes at 400° F. Make sure that it doesn't burn!
  • Remove the baskets from the oven and let them cool, then fill each basket with some Stracchino (or if you prefer another fresh and cremy cheese), some pear cubes and few pumpkin seeds.
  • Complete with freshly ground pepper.
  • To finish, warm the honey jar in bain-marie to liquify the honey and sprinkle it on the ham baskets.

Ham, cheese and fruit combinations

Ham, Stracchino cheese and pear is one of the possible combinations between cheese, cured meat and fruit. Today, we want to suggest you more interesting pairings like:

- cured ham, piquant Gorgonzola cheese and figs;

- cured ham, Burrata cheese and figs;

- grape, Speck and goat cheese.

Have a nice dinner with this special Christmas holiday appetizer!


Main image: Cestini croccantii di prosciutto.. di Giulio Rossi

Pears and cheese:  Apple and pear... used under CC BY 2.0, cropped