I have the perfect sweet potato recipe that’s also a restaurant-worthy appetizer: prosciutto wrapped sweet potatoes. These bite sized wedges are so simple to make, but look extra fancy when served on a large platter.
Just be warned. If you bring this tasty appetizer to your next event, party or game night, don’t be surprised if they disappear in a few minutes! They’re highly addictive.
What Is Prosciutto?
I’m sure you’ve seen these thin meat slices on charcuterie boards. But do you know what it is and how it’s made? If not, here’s a quick lesson.
Prosciutto is an Italian cured ham that’s made from pork legs. It undergoes a salting process that stops bacteria from entering the meat, allowing us to be able to eat it raw! It’s then left to be dry-aged for about 14 to 36 months.
This long process definitely makes prosciutto a delicacy. So when you serve this as an appetizer, your friends and family will definitely be impressed!
Prosciutto vs Bacon: What’s the difference?
On the other hand, bacon is a more common form of cured meat. It’s made from pork belly and needs to be cooked, unlike prosciutto. But once it’s been cured, the meat goes through a smoking process that gives it that maple or apple smoky flavor that we all love.
When it comes to “wrapped” appetizers, you’re probably thinking bacon wrapped first. Now don’t get me wrong, I love all things bacon. But for this specific recipe, I prefer to use prosciutto as it has a more distinct flavor that pairs well with the sweet potato and maple balsamic glaze.
Also, it’s thinness means it gets crispy faster.
How To Make Prosciutto Wrapped Sweet Potatoes
Now that you’ve gotten a quick rundown of cured meats, let’s get to cooking. Here’s how to prep and bake these sweet and savory bites with just 5 ingredients!
Parboil the Potatoes
To start the prepping process, it’s best to parboil the potatoes a day before. First, place them in a pot of cold, salted water, and bring it to a boil. Cook for about 10-12 minutes or until they’re slightly soft.
Then, drain and let the potatoes cool before popping them in the fridge. Once the next day hits, it’s time to start the baking process.
Wrapping and Baking the Potatoes
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.
- Slice your potatoes lengthwise into quarters. Then, slice each quarter in half.
- Slice your prosciutto in half lengthwise, creating thin, long strips. Wrap each potato slice with one piece of prosciutto, trying not to overlap too much.
- Place all wrapped potato slices on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Then brush each piece with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
- While your potatoes are baking, mix together the maple syrup and balsamic vinegar.
- After 20 minutes, remove the baking sheet, brush the potatoes with the syrup and bake for another 8-10 minutes or until the prosciutto becomes slightly crispy.
- Remove, drizzle with just a little more syrup and serve immediately!
More Delicious Party Appetizers
If you’re hosting a big party and need more than one appetizer, your guests will love these other appetizer recipes!
- Classic Deviled Eggs or Bacon Deviled Eggs
- Classic Hummus or Green Goddess Hummus
- Spinach Artichoke Dip
- French Onion Dip
- Smoked Salmon Cheese Ball
And I’ve got loads more sweet potato recipes, make sure to check them all out!
Prosciutto Wrapped Sweet Potatoes
- 2 small-medium sweet potatoes, parboiled
- 8 slices prosciutto, halved lengthwise
- 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
To parboil the potatoes, place them in in a medium pot of cold, salted water. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil.
Cook the potatoes for 10-12 minutes or until just cooked, but not too soft. Drain and allow the potatoes to cool. The potatoes can be parboiled 1-2 days in advance and left in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.
Slice your potatoes lengthwise into quarters. Then, slice each quarter in half. If you have large or long potatoes, you can slice the quarters into thirds (but you’ll need more prosciutto).
Slice your prosciutto in half lengthwise to create thin, long strips.
Wrap each potato slice with one piece of prosciutto, trying not to overlap too much.
Place all wrapped potato slices on a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush each piece with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
While your potatoes are baking, mix together the maple syrup and balsamic vinegar.
After 20 minutes, remove the baking sheet, brush the potatoes with the syrup and bake for another 8-10 minutes, or until the prosciutto becomes slightly crispy.
Remove from the oven, drizzle with a little more syrup and serve immediately.