gnocco frito topped with olive oil, prosciutto, and sea salt

Gnocco Frito

Gnocco Frito is an easy 10-minute appetizer. These light and fluffy puff pillows are topped with olive oil, prosciutto and sea salt for heavenly bites. Fried to golden brown perfection in a matter of seconds!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 171kcal
Author Julie Blanner


  • 1 sheet of puff pastry thawed
  • 1 cup butter flavored shortening lard or olive oil
  • good olive oil
  • 1/4 pound prosciutto sliced thin
  • sea salt


  • Allow your puff pastry to thaw according to instruction on package.
  • Meanwhile, heat shortening over medium heat.
  • Cut pastry into 24 rectangles.
  • Drop 3 pieces of pastry into your oil at a time and allow to cook for 10 seconds. Flip with tongs and allow to cook another 10 seconds, or until puffy.
  • Remove and place onto a cookie sheet lined with a paper towel.
  • Brush with olive oil, top with prosciutto and sea salt.


Topping Suggestions
  • Prosciutto di Parma
  • Prosciutto San Daniele
  • Tuscan Salami
  • Culatello
  • Mortadella
  • Capacollo / capicola
  • Guanciale
  • Finocchiona
  • Mascarpone
  • Squacquerone


Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 348mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg