Potato, Leek and Prosciutto Parcels for Secret Recipe Club

by feastonthecheap on August 29, 2011

Mariel here. Since I spent last week camping out in the Adirondacks, I didn’t get a chance to sample my mom’s amazing-looking Potato, Gruyere and Canadian Bacon Galette. In fact, the description of this tasty creation seemed to burrow itself into my brain and lodge there, so much so that I did the unthinkable on Friday: I bought real live potatoes. I never buy potatoes and you can’t blame my sudden interest on Irene since they aren’t exactly Hurricane staples – it takes prep to make them palatable.

Irene blew through my section of New York City with little fanfare – other than the oohs and aahs of over-tired meteorologists – and because I slept through most of the storm, I awoke on Sunday to an overstocked kitchen and fridge. I’m not sure about you, but somehow my weather-ready stockpile seemed to make me even hungrier….all those Wheat Thins and English Muffins just staring at me from the cupboard.

Anyway, it dawned on me that Monday marks my Secret Recipe Club assignment so I popped on over to Manu’s Menu and started cruising the site, which is replete with authentic Italian dishes from Manuela, who was born in raised in Milan. While I was drooling over the incredible spread, I stopped short at her Potato, Speck and Leek Parcels, a divine-looking side dish or appetizer that happens to combine several of my favorite ingredients. Thanks to my random surplus of taters and a lifelong passion for prosciutto, I realized I had found “the one.”

The results were fantastic. As Manuela mentions, these parcels make an apropos accompaniment to a hearty roast, but they also work well all by their lonesome as a passed hors d’oeuvre or even a fancy Sunday snack. And the best part is, it spared me and my husband from the drudgery of a boring old baked potato.

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Potato, Leek and Prosciutto Parcels for Secret Recipe Club
Serves 4 as a side
Adapted from Manu’s Menu

2 Idaho or Russet potatoes, washed, peeled and cut into square-inch bites (about a pound-worth) – $0.99
1 cup of parmesan, freshly grated – $3.50
10 slices of thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into strips that are about 1-inch thick and 3+ inches long – $4.99
1 leek, washed thoroughly, trimmed of dark green leaves, then slice the light green and white part into thin rounds – $0.99
1 teaspoon dried sage – stock
1 teaspoon white vinegar – stock
Olive oil – stock
Salt and pepper – stock
Grand total assuming “well-stocked” kitchen: $10.47
Cost per serving: $2.61

1. Peel the potatoes and cut into square-inch bites

2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees

3. Boil a medium saucepan of water and add a teaspoon of vinegar and a pinch of salt to it. Blanch the potato squares for 10 minutes. Drain them in a colander then run cold water over them to halt the cooking process. Set aside

4. In a saute pan, heat about a tablespoon of olive oil over med-high heat and sprinkle with a dash of salt. Saute the leek for about 10 minutes (stirring frequently) or until the leek becomes tender and slightly golden. Remove from heat.

5. In a small bowl, toss the grated parmesan with the sage and a big pinch of black pepper.

6. Prepare the parcels. Take a strip of prosciutto and put a potato square in the middle of it. Sprinkle with a big pinch of parmesan/sage, top with a pinch of sauteed leeks, and then place another potato square on top. Wrap the prosciutto around it and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Repeat until you use all ingredients.

7. Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes, or until the prosciutto crisps up. Serve warm.


{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Manu August 29, 2011 at 8:00 am

Hi Mariel!

Thank you so much for your lovely words!!! :-)))
You have done a great job with the recipe, I love that you used prosciutto! And your picture is fantastic! Thank you so much for making this recipe special! :-) And I am really glad to “meet” you!



Chris August 29, 2011 at 8:06 am

You had me at Prosciutto . As fall approaches, these will have to get on the menu!


Wendy Kirby (@LaPhemmePhoodie) August 29, 2011 at 9:55 am

They look incredible. Looking forward to try these.


Squash Blossom Babies August 29, 2011 at 11:08 am

These look wonderful!


Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray August 29, 2011 at 11:28 am

These are so cute! They look delicious!


Lana @ Never Enough Thyme August 29, 2011 at 11:43 am

Really, really love this recipe! All familiar ingredients, sure, but the presentation is outstanding. Definitely using this one for my next get-together.


Stephanie@PlainChicken.com August 29, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I love anything with prosciutto! These look wonderful.


Jo August 29, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Well, i know what I am making the next time I get leeks from my CSA, these look delicious!


Steve @ HPD August 29, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Potatoes and leeks are a combo that is hard to beat. I’d eat potato – leek ice cream!


Maria August 29, 2011 at 1:13 pm

These are so cute!


Kimberly August 29, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Wow … all of my favorite flavors in one bite! Can’t wait to try these!


Eliot August 29, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I love SRC. I was glad to find your site b/c of it. Nice post.


Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} August 29, 2011 at 3:26 pm

What a great combination of flavors! That would definitely make a great budget gourmet appetizer!


Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. August 29, 2011 at 4:13 pm

love these! Can’t wait to make them!


Lisa~~ August 29, 2011 at 5:12 pm

So cute and delicious looking. Great recipe choice.

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Group ‘A” ~ SRC recipe this month: Cilantro Lime Chicken

Cook Lisa Cook


Kita August 29, 2011 at 6:38 pm

I love the looks of these as a tasty beautiful appetizer. I am planning a bridal shower soon and these may have to be in the running on the menu! Great selection from Manu’s Menu for SRC!


Jane Bonacci - The Heritage Cook August 29, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Wonderful choice for SRC!!


Taylor August 29, 2011 at 10:20 pm

These look so good! I think these would be a perfect holiday appetizer…I’m bookmarking them right now! :)


Trisha August 29, 2011 at 10:41 pm

These would look so pretty on a platter! Great pick for this months SRC!


Rhonda August 29, 2011 at 10:56 pm

I think there is a problem with this recipe. It would be to easy to keep popping one in your mouth, I’m afraid I’d devour the tray full! BTW, thanks for introducing me to SRC, this was my first month and I really enjoyed it.


Gloria August 29, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Another great addition to your lovely blog! These look delicious, and to Rhonda’s point, addicting. I had a great time browing your blog and look forward to making several more of your recipes.


veronica gantley August 30, 2011 at 6:40 am

Very tempting little morsels of goodness. What a great recipe.


Jey @ The Jey of Cooking August 30, 2011 at 10:18 am

These look so lovely. Great job!


Nutmeg Nanny August 30, 2011 at 2:00 pm

So pretty! Great pick for SRC :)


heidi August 31, 2011 at 1:06 pm

They look fantastic!


marla September 3, 2011 at 9:34 am

These parcels are darling & they would be beautiful served at any elegant party. Awesome to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. Here is my post for September :) http://su.pr/1Sizv9
Also: I would love if you added this and any other links to my “Happy Post” today. http://su.pr/1bZ8fp


Suzanne September 14, 2011 at 5:51 pm

I am always looking for a great appetizer! We love to have “meals” built on a couple or three appetizers, especially during football season. These look perfect. Great SRC post!


Kristine McDonald November 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Sounds great! Can I assemble these the day before and store in the fridge until I’m ready to bake these?


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