Thanksgiving is nearly here with Christmas right on it’s heels! Appetizers are perfect for the holiday season and some of my favorite recipes to create and eat. I love that this Prosciutto Wrapped Breadsticks with Gouda Cheese Dip recipe is simple, fast and a play on a classic. The entire dish is ready in about 20 minutes making it perfect for a last minute appetizer. This recipe will stand out among the tired and boring cheese and crackers plate, and please all your young and not so young party guests.
Grown-Up Pigs in a Blanket
Now that the holiday season has officially begun I have been in a super nostalgic mood. I have so many wonderful memories of Thanksgiving and Christmas when I was growing up. We always had big celebrations with friends and family with what seemed like an endless supply of delicious snacks and appetizers. Still to this day, the appetizers are some of my favorites. When I was thinking back to some of my favorite appetizers as a kid one stood out more than the rest, and that is pigs in a blanket. If you aren’t familiar with these, they are mini sausages wrapped in crescent roll dough and baked to perfection. As a kid I would also dunk mine in a bunch of ketchup.
Therefore, when I was thinking about an appetizer to make for holiday parties I thought, “I can I make my childhood favorite more grown-up?” Cue this Prosciutto Wrapped Breadsticks with Gouda Cheese Dip recipe! This recipe keeps all the same flavors as the original, while adding in some herbs, swapping the protein and pairing it with a side of smokey-ish cheese dip. The best part is that this dish is simple enough to prepare last minute and is perfect for both kids and adults.
What Do You Need To Make Prosciutto Wrapped Breadsticks with Gouda Cheese Dip?
This recipe uses lots of familiar ingredients and flavors. The only one that may be a new one for you is prosciutto. Prosciutto is dry-cured ham that is often eaten uncooked with mozzarella cheese or crackers. Prosciutto is kind of like a ham and bacon fusion. It has the salty flavor of bacon, but isn’t greasy when cooked. That makes it perfect for this recipe because a soggy, greasy breadstick is gross. To make these prosciutto wrapped breadsticks you will need:
- Refrigerated Dough Sheet
- Gouda Cheese
- Butter and Milk
- A few Pantry Staple Spices, Brown Sugar and Flour
That’s it! Super simple ingredients and a short grocery list is yet another reason these are so perfect for the holidays. Simple flavors and ingredients, yet are still delicious and impactful. Along with simple ingredients there are also few kitchen tools needed for this recipe. Kitchen tools you will need:
- A Cookie Sheet
- A Wire Baking Rack (not required, but very helpful)
- A Basting Brush (not required, you could also just use a spoon)
- A Pizza Cutter (not required, you could also use a sharp knife)
- A Small Saucepan
- A Whisk (not required, you could also just use a spoon)
How Do You Make Prosciutto Wrapped Breadsticks?
Now that you have the basics of what you need, let’s get cooking! These prosciutto wrapped breadsticks are simple to prepare. The hardest part is slicing the dough and twisting the prosciutto and dough together. If they aren’t twisted perfectly, it is no biggie they will still taste super yummy!
First, you will need to do a bit of math. I know the worst. After laying your dough sheet out on a smooth, clean surface you will need to slice it into 16 even (try your best) pieces. To do this start on the long side of your dough sheet and make 7 cuts to get 8 equal pieces. My cuts were about an inch and a half thick, but depending on your dough sheet yours may be thinner or thicker. Once you have sliced the dough into 8 pieces slice the opposite (short side) right down the center. This should result in 16 even-ish slices of dough.
Once you have all your equal pieces you will season them. This does not have to be pretty and your hands will probably get a bit messy, so have a paper towel handy. First, brush or drizzle all of the dough slices with melted butter. Next, sprinkle all the dough slices with thyme, rosemary, and brown sugar. Finally, twist the dough over and under itself to form a sort of rope. Doing this first twist make life way easier during the next step.
Now that you have your dough sliced, seasoned and twisted it is time to add the prosciutto! Let me start by saying that prosciutto can kind of be annoying to work with. It is a delicate meat that tears easily. For each breadstick twist I do my best to slice the prosciutto in half length-wise. I find it’s easiest to use a pizza cutter or a very sharp knife. If you are having trouble you can always just fold the whole piece of prosciutto in half and wrap then entire piece around the dough. Just note if you do it this way you will need more prosciutto than the recipe calls for. After you have your prosciutto cut or folded, you will then just twist the dough and prosciutto together like a rope and pinch then ends so everything stays together.
Finally, it is time to cook your prosciutto wrapped breadsticks! For this recipe I use two regular sized cookie sheets with a baking rack on top. I place 8 breadsticks on each sheet and rotate them halfway through the cook time. I like this method and using the wire racks help the bottom cook and not get flat. You do not have to use the wire rack, but know the twists will be a bit flat on one side.
Whichever option you use make sure you spray the baking rack or cookie sheet with a non-stick spray, like Pam. I cook mine for 10-12 minutes until they are nice and golden. You do not have to worry about the prosciutto being cooked though, because just like ham it is perfectly fine to eat uncooked. While your breadsticks are in the oven you can make the Gouda cheese dip and enjoy together warm.
- 16 Even Pieces of Dough
- Season and Twist
- Wrap it all together
- Spray that Pan/Rack!
- Bake Till Golden
How Do You Make Gouda Cheese Dip
This Gouda Cheese Dip is super simple and the perfect pairing with the prosciutto wrapped breadsticks. It is ready in about 5 minutes so perfect to prepare and make while the breadsticks are cooking in the oven. The cheese dip has a slightly smokey flavor and is a great compliment to the saltiness of the breadsticks.
In a small sauce pan you will first melt your butter. Once the butter is bubbling you will whisk in you flour cooking for about a minute. Next, you will add your milk and continue to whisk to avoid clumps. After about 2 minutes things will be slightly thickened and you can add in the Gouda cheese. I add about 2 Oz, but you may need more or less depending on how thick you want the sauce. Slowly add in your cheese to the pot and stir until melted and combined. Once you have the cheese dip at the consistency that you want you can add in your spices, stir and serve warm with the cooked prosciutto wrapped breadsticks.
Perfect Holiday Appetizer
These prosciutto wrapped breadsticks with Gouda cheese dip are the perfect appetizer for the holiday season and beyond. I love these for family parties and game days as well. This appetizer is versatile and perfect for both kids and adults. The shape of the breadstick is easy for kids and toddlers to hold. It is also mild enough in flavor that kids and picky eaters won’t be turned off by them. I also love this twist on the classic pigs in a blanket recipe because unlike those this recipe isn’t a chocking hazard for little eaters. Along with being kid and adult friendly, this recipe is also simple, with a short prep and cook time making it perfect for those busy and at times crazy holidays. The shape, concept and flavor is also fun and different and will be a stand out among the same old appetizers at the table.
Why You Need To Make This Recipe ASAP
- The Nostalgia Factor
- Super Simple
- Kid and Adult Friendly
- GOUDA FREAKIN’ CHEESE DIP
- Stand Out Among the Crowd
- Dang Good
I hope you and your family love the twist on a classic appetizer recipe for the holiday season and beyond!
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Prosciutto Wrapped Breadsticks with Gouda Cheese Dip
Prosciutto Wrapped Breadsticks
- 8 Oz Refrigerated Seamless Crescent Roll Dough
- 6 Oz Packaged Prosciutto
- 2 Tbsp Melted Butter
- 1/4 Tsp Crushed Rosemary EACH
- 1/4 Tsp Thyme EACH
- 1 Tsp Brown Sugar EACH
Gouda Cheese Dip
- 2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
- 2 Tbsp All Purpose Flour
- 1/2 Cup Milk
- 2 Oz Gouda Shredded
- 1/2 Tsp Smoked Paprika
- Pinch Ground Black Pepper
- 1/4 Tsp Garlic Powder
Prosciutto Wrapped Breadsticks
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Open the crescent roll dough and lay it out flat on a clean, smooth surface. Using a pizza cutter, slice the dough on the long end into 8 even long strips. Then slice each of those strips into 2 equal halves. This should give you 16 even pieces.
- Take one piece of dough and brush it with melted butter. Then sprinkle with thyme, rosemary, and brown sugar. Twist the dough over and under itself until you reach the end.
- Take half a piece of prosciutto and twist it and the piece of dough together forming a rope. Pinch each end so it stays secure. Place it on a wire baking rack (sprayed with Pam or a similar cooking spray) .that is sitting on a cookie sheet. Repeat until all dough is used.
- Place in the oven on the middle rack and bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm with Gouda Cheese Dip.
Gouda Cheese Dip
- In a small sauce pan over medium heat melt butter. Once butter is melted and bubbling add in the flour and whisk to combine. Cook for 1 minute until blonde.
- Add in milk and stir constantly to avoid clumps, stir for 1-2 minutes until slightly thickened. Add Gouda cheese and stir until completely melted. Add spices and serve warm with Prosciutto Wrapped Breadsticks.