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Old 01-14-2004, 05:57 PM   #1
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Prosciutto prices

and i thought beef was expensive...
yesterday i bought a 3 oz package of prosciutto from the deli section in the grocery store--no price on it. It rang up as $6 !
that's $2 an OUNCE, and $32 a pound!
Either i got ripped off, or i need to go back to substituting thinly-sliced 'regular' ham because i can't afford this stuff!

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Old 01-14-2004, 09:01 PM   #2
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nah, proscuitto is that expensive. it's actually cheaper to go to an italian deli or market and have them slice it for you off the ham itself.
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Old 01-14-2004, 10:41 PM   #3
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thanks ironchef,
i guess i never thought about it before, but i've always either had prosciutto at a restaurant, or substituted whatever ham i have in the fridge when cooking at home (i love my meat slicer!)
We do have an Italian deli in town, so i'll try going that route next time--thanks for the tip.
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Old 01-15-2004, 05:27 AM   #4
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The best prices I have found for proscuitto are;
Imported $18.00/lb
Domestic (a sad imitation) $12.00/lb
The one good thing about it is that with the good imported stuff, a little goes a long way.
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It's expensive but there are times when nothing else will do. I make a salad with it and it is usually much more expensive than the main dish. But a little does go a long way - unless you have a 16-year old who makes a sandwich (at least he used a good bread LOL) and said we have to get more of that ham - it makes the best sandwiches
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Old 01-15-2004, 09:59 PM   #6
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but alas it DOES make the best sandwiches: prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, oven roasted roma tomatoes, fresh arugula, fresh cracked black pepper, extra virgin olive oil, splash of balsamic vinegar. probably the best sandwich i've ever eaten. had it at a deli near the santa ynez valley after getting toasted off wine. but i remember the sandwich being very good
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Oh ironchef - I just made myself a panino for lunch:

Rosemary foccacia
basil/garlic/oil (I made myself so it has LOTS of basil in it)
prosciutto
water-packed mozzarella
roma tomatoes
fresh roasted red peppers
fresh spinach

AND IT WAS YUM! Actually I prefer it on just a good Italian bread but the rosemary was all I had. Next time I WILL roast my roma tomatoes first!!!
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I just bought some Parma Proscuitto and it cost me $17 a pound. I only needed a 1/4 pound fro some pizza so that was ok. I love the stuff.
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Old 07-28-2004, 10:53 PM   #9
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Actaully a good substitute is a salt cured Virgina ham that is not smoked. Just slice it right off the ham.
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Old 08-04-2004, 09:16 AM   #10
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I've gotta try your version of that sandwich Ironchef! The one I have made for us had proscuitto, fontina, baby spinach and red onion. I will have to make yours now! :D

Yep the stuff is pricey...but worth it. And if you add a little to (three cheese) mac n' cheese its dymanite!
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