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Video:Prawns Wrapped in Serrano Ham

with John Mitzewich

This fast and easy Spanish prawn recipe features an irresistible combination of salty ham wrapped around the sweet shellfish. The perfect dish for any party!See Transcript

Transcript:Prawns Wrapped in Serrano Ham

Hi, I'm Chef John Mitzewich for Today we have a delicious Spanish recipe, prawns wrapped with Serrano ham.

Ham-Wrapped Prawns Ingredients

All right, get yourself:
  • 1 pound of frozen peeled and deveined prawns. I like the tails on but it doesn't matter. Those are the 30 to a pound size.
We're going to add 1/2 tsp paprika, you can use hot, sweet, or smoked.
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp of orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest
Give that a mix. No salt because the ham is salty and will flavor this perfectly.
  • And there is our Serrano ham.

Prepare the Serrano Ham

Very similar to proscuitto, in fact if you cant find Serrano ham just use proscuitto. Any ham will work - Virginia ham, etc. So what we're going to do is cut each slice into 3 pieces. I put a few together and used scissors and sliced those in 3. You can use a knife, but I like the scissors. So there are the little strip we're going to wrap the prawns with.

Wrap the Prawns in Ham

To wrap, I just start at the top and wrap it around until I get to the tail. By the way 10 slices should be enough for a pound of shrimp. So there you go. Don't worry about getting it perfect. As this cooks the ham will shrink and you wont see any mistakes. So just wrap it up and don't spend to much time on it. As long as its covered you are fine.

Roll the Prawns

Then we're going to take a regular supermarket bamboo skewer, and I'm going to go into the tail first and push it through to the large end, the head end of the prawn. I'm going to keep doing that and put 4 per skewer. If you use the short skewers just put 2 or 3.

Heat the Prawns

Then in a sauté pan, in a couple tablespoons of olive oil, over med-high heat, we're going to get a nice sear on the Serrano ham. It will kind of shrink-wrap… hey, pork favored shrink-wrap. I'm going to give 2-3 minutes per side. You can feel it when it's done, they turn from opaque to kind of white, and a bit firm to the touch.

Serve the Prawns Wrapped in Serrano Ham

This is so delicious. You have to try this. It's an incredible appetizer, it's great if you're going to do a tapas party. And if you've never heard of "tapas" before, they are just small plates of Spanish food served at parties and things like that. I garnished with some Spanish olive oil and orange zest.

As you saw, it's super easy to make - an incredible combination with the orange, the saltiness of the ham, the sweetness of the shrimp. This is really, really, really, great. I hope you give it a try. Enjoy.

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