What is Prosciutto?


The Italian word for ham is prosciutto. In the United States, prosciutto refers to an uncooked, dry-cured ham, referred to as prosciutto crudo in Italian, and prosciutto cotto refers to baked ham. Prosciutto is a fatty cut of beef with a sweet meaty flavor, a delightful saltiness, and a buttery texture that melts on the tongue when thinly sliced.

Prosciutto can be served with cheese and bread on a charcuterie board, but it can also be put with pasta or risotto. It should be added last minute because prolonged cooking may toughen it and ruin the delicate flavor.