Parmesan Prosciutto Potato Packets

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Unlike most Sunday Scratchups recipes, Parmesan Prosciutto Potato Packets are not dairy free, and decidedly not low carb. Last night the kids ate Miracle Soup as an early dinner, while ScratchupsDad came home late with a hankering to grill up some hamburgers after Mr. 7 was in bed. (Yes, he had a hankering for hamburgers and I had a hankering for potatoes, so you begin to see why he is the only low carb one in the family here…) Never fear, the children aren’t deprived; they’re getting the leftover burgers for dinner tonight.

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So let’s step back: Yesterday I was browsing around the “meat ends” deli clearance section of my local produce market and found this end of prosciutto on sale for $5.99/lb. How could that not come home with me? So then I had an end of prosciutto, the end of a bag of potatoes, and a basil plant about to take over the garden, which all came together in one glorious recipe — so glorious that I don’t even know why I am typing it to you when I could be in the kitchen right now eating the leftovers for lunch! Lucky for you, however, my sense of duty won out, so I present to you:

Parmesan Prosciutto Potato Packets

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Ingredients

Russet potatoes, sliced into thin rounds
Butter
Black pepper
Minced garlic
Shredded Parmesan
Fresh basil, chopped
Prosciutto, diced into small pieces

Directions

fresh-basil

There’s no exact science to potato packets, and you can change them up with whatever seasonings you have on hand while experimenting with new flavor combos. Here I chopped up some fresh basil from my garden, then sliced several potatoes into thin rounds.

potatoes-with-parm

Lay out a sheet of tinfoil, and in the center add some potato slices, a pat of butter, some chopped fresh basil, a sprinkling of shredded Parmesan, a sprinkling of diced prosciutto, and some freshly ground black pepper. You may wish to use cooking spray on the center of the foil first, as some of my potatoes stuck when I tried to remove them from the finished packets.

grilled-potato-packet

Fold foil over potatoes to form a completely enclosed foil packet. Grill for 10-12 minutes a side, open carefully (don’t scald yourself on the steam!), and serve.

Prosciutto is expensive, but you don’t need much

prosciutto-potatoes-with-burger

Just a dash of prosciutto in these really packed a salty, flavorful wallop, and such a gorgeous contrast to the sharper Parmesan and basil! When  you’re saving on the rest of your ingredients, splurging on small luxury items can both fit into your budget and help take your recipes to the next level. If you don’t have or don’t want to indulge in prosciutto, you could substitute diced cooked bacon, but it won’t have quite the same richness. On a night where you want to indulge without worrying about fat and calories, serve Parmesan Prosciutto Potato Packets alongside a nice thick juicy cheeseburger — or pull these out at your next backyard BBQ to impress all your guests with a minimum of effort.

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Parmesan Prosciutto Potato Packets
 
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Recipe type: side
Ingredients
  • Russet potatoes, sliced into thin rounds
  • Butter
  • Black pepper
  • Minced garlic
  • Shredded Parmesan
  • Fresh basil, chopped
  • Prosciutto, diced into small pieces
Directions
  1. There's no exact science to potato packets, and you can change them up with whatever seasonings you have on hand while experimenting with new flavor combos.
  2. Here I chopped up some fresh basil from my garden, then sliced several potatoes into thin rounds.
  3. Lay out a sheet of tinfoil, and in the center add some potato slices, a pat of butter, some chopped fresh basil, a sprinkling of shredded Parmesan, a sprinkling of diced prosciutto, and some freshly ground black pepper.
  4. You may wish to use cooking spray on the center of the foil first, as some of my potatoes stuck when I tried to remove them from the finished packets.
  5. Fold foil over potatoes to form a completely enclosed foil packet.
  6. Grill for 10-12 minutes a side, open carefully (don't scald yourself on the steam!), and serve.

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