Proscuitto, Arugula and Parmesan Party Starters

Prosciutto, Arugula and Parmesan Rolls

I popped into my local fish market (Gemini) the other day and was greeted by one of my favorite fishmongers, Chef Dave Gibson.

Fresh Organic Arugula

I love chatting with Chef Dave.  I love listening to the adventurous food stories from his days as a private chef for several northwest cruise lines.  And he’s always got a great recipe or two in his back pocket, especially when it comes to seafood.


So while I was selecting my fresh seafood for dinner, I asked Chef Dave if he had any great ideas for a chilled starter.  And snap!  There it was.  Chef Dave gave me this yummy idea of rolling up beautiful, slightly salty prosciutto with fresh aromatic arugula leaves a little shaved parmesan. Ok, what a great idea!

Ready to roll

So I tried it.  It’s so yummy I’m preparing this for my friends holiday party.  Then I thought, I have to share!  A simple, delicious, fresh and vibrant tasting appetizer to get the holiday parties started.

Prosciutto, Arugula and Parmesan Rolls

Now that my sample platter is gone, I think I’ll have to prepare a few more.  I might even have them for lunch.  🙂

Prosciutto, Arugula and Parmesan Party Starters

Recipe compliments of Chef Dave Gibson

Serves 8


1/2 lb sliced prosciutto (or two 5 oz packages)

1 bunch arugula (larger leaves)

4-5 oz wedge of parmesan (parmigiano-reggiano is the preferred)

Party picks (optional)

Drizzle of high quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar (optional)


Place a slice of prosciutto on a flat surface, cutting board or parchment.  Layer with an arugula leaf and then top with a shaved piece (or pieces) of parmesan.  I’ve included a photo above.

Roll tightly. The prosciutto should stick to itself but you can always toothpick with festive party picks.  Place on a platter.

For a little extra zing, when finished rolling, lightly drizzle with high quality extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Serve and enjoy!



  1. That looks lush… As Trisha would say! I love simple delicious appetizers like this. Elegant and so easy. I will definitely be adding this to my repertoire!

  2. Thanks so much for sharing! We’re hosting Christmas day brunch for our family and I will definitely be making a plate of these for the spread!

  3. A perfect little starter that can be prepared early in the day. Simple and fast…I love it.

  4. Quick, Easy and Fresh! Love this one Karista. Enjoy your Turkey Day!

    : )

    Thanks for sharing!

    ~ Cookery for Two

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