This prosciutto, caramelized onion and Parmesan braid is sure to be the center of attention at any meal. It looks as beautiful on the outside as it is tasty on the inside. A braid of mozzarella dough surrounds prosciutto, caramelized onion, garlic, basil and Parmesan cheese. A bit of balsamic vinegar gives the filling a slight bite. Best of all, even though it looks impressive, you don’t need to be a professional baker to make it.
Prosciutto is an Italian ham cured and aged with salt. This aging process results in a rich, concentrated, flavor. The bold flavor of this meat stands up well to the nutty, salty, Parmesan cheese and is accented perfectly with the garlic and caramelized onions. Caramelizing the onion brings out the natural sweetness of the onion and softens the flavors so they don’t overwhelm the other flavors in the dish. Fresh basil tops off the combination and makes it into a filling worthy of a special presentation.
The braid makes a lovely presentation as well as a tasty backdrop for the filling. It’s made of mozzarella dough, so it satisfies the appetite as well as they eye. Be sure to work quickly when you roll out this dough as it rolls out much easier when it is warm. Another trick to working with this dough is to use part-skim mozzarella cheese. Part-skim mozzarella provides a bit more stretch for the dough. I love working with mozzarella dough. It feels almost like old-fashioned yeast bread dough when I knead it.
While it may seem like making the braid is the tricky part of making this dish, the braid is easy. Instead, the biggest challenge is transferring the finished loaf from the baking sheet to the cutting board. Even this isn’t difficult if you transfer it with the parchment paper it cooked on underneath, then gently remove the paper, tearing it if necessary to make removal easier.
This Prosciutto, Caramelized Onion and Parmesan braid makes an elegant dinner. Pair it with a simple salad or soup to make a complete meal. If you like, you can use a bit of olive oil with freshly cracked pepper to dip it in. This is the kind of recipe that makes it easy to forget that it’s keto—but it is, so you can enjoy it guilt-free!
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1 Tbsp. butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
3 oz. prosciutto, sliced thinly
2 tsp. fresh basil, minced
2 cups mozzarella cheese, part-skim, finely grated
¾ cup almond flour
½ tsp. salt
9 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese, finely grated, divided
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Optional: olive oil, for dipping
This makes a total of 6 servings Prosciutto, Caramelized Onion and Parmesan Braid. Each serving comes out to be 303 Calories, 23g Fats, 5g Net Carbs, and 21g Protein.
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