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Prosciutto Wrapped Peaches with Basil & Bleu Cheese

proscuitto wrapped peaches

I made this fun appetizer for a party last weekend and wanted to share the recipe today! Shocker, it involves peaches. It was kind of a whim of a dish that ended up turning out really great so unfortunately I only have a couple of photos (and none during the assembly process), but I figured you guys wouldn't mind.

The inspiration for these came from The Pretty Dish, one of my current favorite cookbooks (affiliate link - the book is currently on sale!). I was perusing for something that involves fruit and came across a nectarine and prosciutto crostini situation that looked really delicious. Since peaches are fantastic right now, I figured I could use those instead and while I LOVE a good crostini, sometimes the bread can get hard after sitting out a while so it's a more unpredictable appetizer choice. 

I had an insane amount of basil to use up so I knew I wanted to incorporate that, though I would imagine that mint would work really well too if you have that growing in your garden. Bleu cheese and balsamic drizzle seemed like a natural finishing touch (doesn't it always?). 

How beautiful is this presentation though... Theses got great reviews from tasters so I will definitely be making them again! Dare I say these would also make for good football food? Maybe fancy football food. Honestly I might just make them again to keep on hand for snacking throughout the week! Find the full recipe below.

proscuitto wrapped peaches with basil and bleu cheese

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Prosciutto Wrapped Peaches with Basil & Bleu Cheese

Author: Leanne Ray, MS, RDN
Yield: Serves 15 (2 per person) | Prep time: 35 minutes 

Ingredients

  • 4 medium-large peaches, halved and pitted

  • 1-2 Tbsp honey

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • One small package fresh basil (you won't need the whole thing!)

  • 4 oz proscuitto

  • 1/4 cup bleu cheese crumbles

  • Balsamic glaze (optional)

Instructions

  1. Set your oven broiler on high and line a sheet pan with foil. Spray the pan with oil to prevent sticking.

  2. Slice each peach into 6-8 wedges, then lay them on the pan in a single layer with space in between each. Broil 7-10 minutes watching closely to prevent overcooking (rotate the pan about halfway through). You will know they are done when moisture starts to bubble out.

  3. Take the pan out of the oven, drizzle peaches with the honey and sprinkle cinnamon over the top. Let cool slightly (probably about 10 minutes).

  4. Meanwhile, cut your prosciutto into small rectangles - just big enough to wrap all the way around the peach wedges. While you wait for the peaches to cool you can setup an assembly line by laying out the prosciutto pieces and then placing a basil leaf on top each.

  5. Once the peaches are cool enough to handle, lay each one on top of a piece of prosciutto/basil and roll up, securing each with a toothpick or cocktail skewer. Arrange on a large platter.

  6. Sprinkle the bleu cheese crumbles over the top and then finish with a drizzle of balsamic glaze plus more basil leaves (I used all of the tiny ones for this!).


Fall Mason Jar Salad

Fall mason jar salads

Have you ever tried making salad in a jar? It may sound like a trendy Pinterest fad, but in all honesty the method works really well for a few different reasons.

Dressing at the Bottom

First, the dressing goes in the bottom and ingredients are layered in order of "hardiness" with greens on the very top. This prevents soggy spinach or arugula which can be a deal-breaker when packing salads for lunch. It also means you don’t have to pack dressing separately or remember to grab your favorite bottle on the way out the door.

No Mixing Required

When you dump the salad into a bowl or onto a plate at lunch time, the dressing comes out last and is then evenly distributed. There is nothing worse than when you only taste it in the first few bites. 

Easy to Transport + Clean

Lastly, the jars are compact and only require one container for a complete lunch. When trying to get out the door in a hurry, salad in a jar is literally a grab and go lunch. Once you are finished eating, the jar can go right into the dishwasher for easy clean-up.

Recipe

Because I use this idea so much, I wanted to share one of my favorite seasonal variations. The recipe below makes 4 generous salads (or 5 if you make them each a little bit smaller). Basically in as much time as it takes to chop and roast a butternut squash, you can make lunches for the entire week. Just get everything else out and prepped while the squash is in the oven.

Another thing to note is that this is super customizable based on your preferences and what you have on hand. Here are a few things you can easily swap in:

  • walnuts for almonds

  • feta for bleu cheese

  • spinach for arugula

  • roasted sweet potatoes for the squash

  • chicken or tofu for the beans

Keep all of the jars for yourself or share with a significant other and make his/her day. Here’s the full recipe!


My Favorite Fall Mason Jar Salad

Author: Leanne Ray, MS, RDN
Yield: 4 salads | Cook Time (squash & almonds): 15-20 min | Total Time: 30 min

Ingredients:

  • Balsamic vinaigrette (store-bought or see recipe at the end)

  • 15.5 oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  • One large honeycrisp apple, diced

  • One small butternut squash, cubed small and roasted (let cool)

  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted

  • 1/3 cup dried tart cherries

  • 4 oz container of bleu cheese crumbles

  • Arugula, one small clamshell

Instructions

Note: This will basically be an assembly line, so it works best if all ingredients are out and ready. You will need 4-32 oz mason jars with lids off. 

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Peel and chop squash, toss in olive oil, salt and pepper then roast for 20 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile toast the almonds, chop the apple, and make the dressing (if using homemade).

3. Equally divide all ingredients between the four jars in the order they are listed.

4. Screw on lids tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

5. When ready to eat, remove lid and pull out ingredients with a fork onto plate/bowl. 

Notes:

Homemade balsamic vinaigrette: Add the following to small jar: 1/2 cup olive oil,  1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, generous squeeze of honey and dijon mustard, salt & pepper to taste. Optional add-ins include dried oregano, garlic powder, red pepper flakes or shallots. Shake the jar like crazy until everything is well-combined. Use as much as you need for the salads and refrigerate the rest for later. 

To toast almonds, add to a dry skillet on medium heat and stir until fragrant. Watch closely because they burn fast if left unattended.