Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp with Smoked Paprika

On holidays and special occasions you may find yourself looking for an appetizer that will make folks say “Wow! That’s no baby carrots and dip.” (not that there is every anything wrong with baby carrots and dip; it just might not elicit a “wow!”). This is one of those appetizers

And whenever I make this I think of our old neighbor Carole.  Whenever I was making something like this, something with bacon or some alluring member of the pork family, if I bumped into her in the hallway she would say, “Oh my goodness what smells so good?”

And I would pause and mumble “Sautéed Kale and Brussels Sprouts with Bacon” or “Asian Baby Back Ribs”, or maybe I’d be in a different place with something like “Shrimp and Corn Salad with Basil Dressing”

Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp with Smoked Paprika

And Carole, who was kosher, would say “oh….well, mmmmm, smells good.”  And I would smile weakly and say, “oh, well…it’s okay….sorry I can’t offer you some.”

It does say a lot about pork that even kosher people think it smells good.  So does my vegetarian mother.

You may have noticed up top there are some asparagus wrapped in the prosciutto as well — that is another option.  It’s there in more detail in my second cookbook Dinner Solved.  And still not kosher.  Or vegetarian.

Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp with Smoked Paprika

Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp with Smoked Paprika: A very delicious and lavish looking appetizer to kick off a party.

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What is Prosciutto?

Prosciutto is a dried cured ham, with a nicely salty flavor.  My kids are bonky about it, and these days enjoy a slab of fresh mozzarella with a few slices of prosciutto on a baguette as much as any other lunch I can some up with.  God forbid they would fall so deeply in love with less expensive ham.

Prosciutto originated in Italy, but can also be made in the same style in the U.S.  It’s often eaten uncooked, but it’s also great in place of bacon in various recipes, such as these festive, and splurgey, jumbo shrimp hors d’oeuvre.

Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp with Smoked Paprika

How to Make Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp:

In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, paprika, and pepper.  Add the shrimp and toss until they are coated with the seasoned olive oil.

Wrap each shrimp with a strip of the prosciutto, spiraling it up the shrimp until the shrimp is encased. 

Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp with Smoked Paprika

Place the shrimp on the prepared baking sheet. 

Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp with Smoked Paprika

Broil for 3 minutes, until the tops are crispy, then turn and broil for another 3 minutes until the other side is browned.

Serve with little napkins, with the crispier side up.

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Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp with Smoked Paprika

These are a very delicious and lavish looking appetizer to kick off a party.
Yield: 6 People
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp (16/20 pound), shelled and deveined with tails left on
  • 4 ounces very thinly sliced prosciutto sliced lengthwise into ½-inch strips

Directions

  • Preheat the broiler, and place the cooking rack about 4 inches below the heat source.  Spray a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray, or line with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, paprika, and pepper.  Add the shrimp and toss until they are coated with the seasoned olive oil.
  • Wrap each shrimp with a strip of the prosciutto, spiraling it up the shrimp until the shrimp is encased.  Place the shrimp on the prepared baking sheet. 
  • Broil for 3 minutes, until the tops are crispy, then turn and broil for another 3 minutes until the other side is browned. Serve with little napkins, with the crispier side up.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 203mg | Sodium: 713mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 246IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 2mg

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