Prosciutto is sweet, delicate ham intended to be eaten raw. The word 'prosciutto' is the Italian for ham, but is widely used to describe seasoned, cured, air-dried ham. True prosciutto comes from Italy, but versions are now produced elsewhere.
'Prosciutto cotto' is cooked and 'prosciutto crudo' is raw (although safe and ready to eat thanks to the curing process). Prosciutto cotto literally means cooked ham in Italian. A delicately flavoured dry cured ham, originating in Italy and made from the meat of the hindquarters of the hog. Brine cured and then pressed into a hard and dense meat, Prosciutto cotto is a cooked form of Prosciutto as it is boiled prior to use. It is the most commonly used deli product in Italy. It is also very low in sodium but high in flavour!
HOW TO USE IT?
The uses of the Prosciutto cotto are as many as the uses of ham with sandwiches and pizzas being most common. It is an excellent meat, thinly sliced to use as a deli sandwich meat or to compliment a main dish. The beauty of Prosciutto cotto is that you can eat it raw or add it to your favourite dish! But make sure you add it last minute as lengthy cooking will toughen it and destroy its delicate flavour.