Looking for the perfect keto snack? Prosciutto mozzarella sticks are a delicious appetizer with only a few ingredients. Make these low carb mozzarella sticks are air fried and the perfect quick dish.
Keto Mozzarella Sticks in the Air Fryer
These Prosciutto mozzarella sticks are a fantastic keto friendly appetizer. It doesn’t get much easier than 2 ingredients. Though I make these mozzarella sticks in the Air Fryer you can always make these in a toaster or convection oven. I would use the broil setting on low or set to bake at 450 degrees for about 10 minutes. I have an Air Fryer oven but this recipe also works great with a basket style air fryer.
What kind of prosciutto should I make mozzarella sticks with?
The best prosciutto to use for this recipe is the pre packaged prosciutto that is separated individually by wax or plastic sheets. It makes it a lot easier to remove each slice without tearing. Another tip is to make sure to keep the prosciutto cold. Don’t take the prosciutto out of the fridge until you’re ready to wrap the mozzarella sticks.
When buying prosciutto there are two main types: prosciutto crudo (raw, dry cured ham) and prosciutto cotto (cooked ham)
Prosciutto Crudo is packed in salt for up to two months before it is washed to remove the salt and hung to dry for 12-18 months
Prosciutto Cotto is seasoned with salt and then steam cooked at a low temperature around 158 degrees F. For about 18 hours which gives the ham it’s pink color.
Both types of prosciutto come from the same part of the animal. I prefer to use the dry cured crudo because it crisps up better when cooking but either variety will work as long as they are sliced thin.
How to add flavor to your Prosciutto Mozzarella Sticks
These prosciutto mozzarella sticks are delicious on their own but if you want to serve them with some Rao’s marinara for dipping that’s a great option. Drizzle a dash of Balsamic vinegar to add a slight kick of vinegar to cut the richness.
I served the mozzarella sticks over a bed of arugula as a garnish but also as a side salad. I drizzled a little olive oil and sea salt over. The hot prosciutto also slightly wilted the arugula as well as giving the greens a little extra flavor. In the summer when I have fresh herbs I would definitely add a leave of basil with the mozzarella before rolling the prosciutto.
Can I use any other types of cheese?
I’ve only used mozzarella string cheese but any other types of semi soft cheese would work in this recipe. If you have a block of mozzarella cheese you can cut 3-4 inch sticks about a half inch in diameter. Freeze the cheese for a few hours so that the prosciutto has time to crisp up while the cheese slowly thaws then melts. Don’t worry if the cheese begins to melt out a bit. What these prosciutto mozzarella sticks lack in looks they make up in the flavor department.
More Low Carb Italian Inspiration
- Stracciatella: Italian Egg Drop Soup
- Keto Italian Meatloaf w/ Balsamic Ketchup
- Keto Italian Roasted Marrow Bones
- Chaffle La Burrata
- 3 Mozzarella String cheese
- 6 slices Prosciutto
- 2 oz Rao's Marinara
- 3 leaves Fresh Basil
- 1 tsp Balsamic Reduction
- Place mozzarella string cheese in frezzer for at least 2 hours until completely frozen
- Remove frozen Mozzarella from packaging and layout 2 slices of prosciutto overlaping and place mozzarella in the center. Fold in the 2 sides and press tightly to seal then roll up gently but firm.
- place prosciutto wrapped mozzarella sticks in air fryer at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes until prosciutto is crisp and mozzarella is just barely beginning to melt out.
- Serve immediately with Marinara and drizzle with Blasamic if desired
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