30-Minute Prosciutto and Goat Cheese Appetizers

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These tasty 30-minute Prosciutto and Goat Cheese Appetizers are little bites of goodness! The salty prosciutto cups filled with whipped goat cheese and ricotta filling and topped with pistachios are a great holiday appetizer!

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Prosciutto and Goat Cheese Appetizers

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions; to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required, and to understand the steps and timings involved.

If you can’t have your usual big party for the holidays, this prosciutto appetizer works just as well for a small gathering or even a dinner party as a starter appetizer before the main course.

Guests love to mingle and nosh on small bites – the last thing they want is something that requires a lot of effort. That’s what is so great about these appetizers made with prosciutto – portable, delicious, and they’re quick to make too!

Prosciutto is an Italian dry-cured ham that is usually thinly sliced and can be served uncooked. In this recipe it is lightly cooked so it can form crispy cups to hold the filling.

The cheese filling is made using goat cheese, ricotta, cream, and fresh thyme and has a delicious creamy and savory flavor that pairs so well with the prosciutto.

These elegant appetizers look a lot more complicated than they actually are. The trick is to use prosciutto that is sliced thin enough to manipulate, but not so thin that it will fall apart as you work with it.

It’s the sort of recipe you can prep in advance by making the prosciutto cups or baskets and whipping up the cheese filling. Fill up the cups just before serving and place on a platter.


Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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  • Prosciutto – thinly sliced. If possible, have your prosciutto sliced by your grocery store’s deli department instead of buying the ready-sliced packages.
  • Goat Cheese – sometimes called by its French name, chèvre (which is the French word for goat) and made from goat’s milk. You need a soft variety for this recipe.
  • Ricotta Cheese – an Italian cheese made from whey and traditionally a by-product of making other cheeses such as mozzarella and provolone. It has a rich but delicate flavor.
  • Heavy Cream – also known as Double Cream
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Pistachios
  • 24-Cup Mini Muffin Pan
  • Pastry Bag & Round Tipto pipe the filling into the prosciutto baskets/cups. You could use a plastic food bag with the corner snipped off instead.

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Prosciutto Cups with Whipped Goats Cheese

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How Do I Make Prosciutto and Goat Cheese Appetizers?

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Prosciutto and Goat Cheese Appetizers

Prosciutto and Goat Cheese Appetizers

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These tasty 30-minute Prosciutto and Goat Cheese Appetizers are little bites of goodness and perfect for parties!


  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 12 slices thinly sliced prosciutto
  • 4 oz / 100g goat cheese, softened
  • 4 oz / 100g ricotta cheese
  • 3 Tbsp heavy cream (double cream)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh thyme, leaves only
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • ⅓ cup pistachios, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5 and spray a 24-cup mini-muffin pan with non-cook cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Cut prosciutto slices in half lengthwise to create 24 long, thin strips.
  3. Take one thin strip of prosciutto and place is across an empty muffin cup, with the middle of the strip over the mid-point of the cup. Press the center of the prosciutto strip into the bottom of the cup. Carefully fold and wrap one end of the prosciutto around one interior side of the cup until it overlaps the prosciutto on the opposite side. Repeat with the opposite side of the prosciutto so that the exposed areas of the muffin cup are covered to form a “basket.”
  4. Repeat this process with the remaining 23 muffin cups.
  5. Place muffin pan in the preheated oven and bake for 9-10 minutes. Keep an eye on them while they bake so they don’t overcook. The edges of the prosciutto will start to brown when ready.
  6. While the prosciutto baskets are baking, combine the goat cheese, ricotta cheese, heavy cream, and thyme leaves in a medium bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Set aside.
  7. Remove the muffin pan from the oven and cool for several minutes before transferring each prosciutto basket to a plate lined with paper towels. Flip each basket after a couple minutes and blot carefully to remove excess grease. When complete, transfer baskets to a large serving platter.
  8. Once prosciutto baskets are cool to the touch, transfer the cheese mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a tip. Carefully pipe the goat cheese mixture into each prosciutto basket.
  9. Top each cheese-filled prosciutto basket with some chopped pistachios and serve immediately. Enjoy!
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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 35Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 75mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g

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