The pros: Trader Joe's Sliced Prosciutto is salty and full of ham flavor.
The cons: This product seems fattier than other brands of prosciutto.
The verdict: Prosciutto is a love it or hate it food item. Some people can't stomach the idea of eating a pork product or eating a pork product raw. I, on the other hand, am grateful for such people, because that means more for me. If you've never had prosciutto before in your life, then my description of this product might not get your appetite going. It's made from pig or wild boar thigh or hind leg. It's cleaned, salted, and dried. No cooking of this product happens unless you choose to on your end.
This prosciutto has a very assertive saltiness. The saltiness mixed with the paper-thin slices works here. Now, there might be a few difference between Trader Joe's brand and other varieties out there. This product does not seem to be as lean as some of the other varieties out there. When its sliced this thin, it did not have much of an impact on the taste. On its own, it was good and would absolutely make for good ingredient in an appetizer. Prosciutto does not come cheap regardless of what brand you reach for. This is not a product that can be rushed. That distinct flavor takes time to develop. Most importantly, a little goes a long way. Thin slices are almost a must with this product.
For $3.99 for a four ounce package, it will make for a nice addition to a cheese plate or crisped up as part of an appetizer. I've purchased this several times and if I need prosciutto and happen to be at Trader Joe's, I'll pick it up. It's not a must buy, but it's a reliable choice. Need an appetizer idea? At the end of this post is my recipe for Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Wrapped in Prosciutto.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The package of Trader Joe's Sliced Prosciutto:
The nutritional information and the ingredients:
Out of the package you get slices thin enough to see through them:
Would I buy this again? Yes. This product was both priced well and tasted like salty ham goodness.
So what can you do with this? Make this appetizer!
Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Wrapped in Prosciutto
- 1 lb Medjool Dates
- 4 ounce Thinly Sliced Prosciutto
- 10 ounce Goat Cheese
- Remove pit from dates. Set aside
- Allow goat cheese to warm to room temperature (if time is a problem, then add a bit of milk to thin out the cheese)
- Use spoon to stuff the cheese into the date.
- Cut prosciutto in half the long way. If it's too hard to peel off of its paper, allow to warm up to room temperature.
- Wrap date in prosciutto
- Broil for 3-4 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy.
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