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Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Sources, Fête Fact, Posted on December 8, 2018 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (4)

The other night I was over at my dear friends Maggie and Richard’s for a drink. They truly are entertainers extraordinaire. Their home is so welcoming, their cocktails such fun, and their hors d’oeuvres divine. Those two really know how to make a guest feel special.

As Richard poured a wonderful white burgundy in his crisp white apron, Maggie brought out a spectacular bite to nibble on. It was a prosciutto and truffle lollipop. Not only did it pare perfectly with my wine, it had all the qualities I adore- crunchy, creamy, salty, with just a touch of sweetness. 

After one bite I knew this canapé was going to be holiday feature in my home. I asked permission if I could shamelessly copy it. And being the ever-gracious hostess, she gave me her blessing. Best part with this one there’s no cooking, just a simple assembly.

While this appetizer is a breeze to make, its success lies in top quality ingredients. For prosciutto and truffle lollipops you need a good truffle butter. If your grocery does not carry one, D’artagnan is a great online resource.

Next choose a crisp thin breadstick. Be sure to have extra because the thinner they are the easier they snap when putting them together.

Then for the prosciutto. Have your deli cut it very thin. If you’re market doesn’t carry imported prosciutto you can also order it from D’artagnan.

Tear the prosciutto slices in half lengthwise. 

Smear room temperature truffle butter on the top half of a bread stick. 

Starting at the buttered top wrap the prosciutto around the breadstick at a downward angle. 

Repeat with the remaining breadsticks. Serve within the hour and do not refrigerate, the breadsticks will get soggy. Place on a tray alternating the wrapped breadsticks or top-up in a bottom-heavy glass or vase. 

Treat your guests and yourself with this exception bite. And as you travel the party circuit this holiday season keep an eye out for things you’d like to incorporate into your own entertaining repertoire. For as they say… imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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