If you read my post about celebrating Halloween in Spain, the creepy prosciutto face that I made for the party may have caught your eye. In keeping with the theme of Halloween food, I thought I would do a mini tutorial showing how I made mine.
Ideally, the easiest way to do it would be to just go out and buy a mask that you could cover with the ham. That, of course, would be much too easy. Plus, I didn’t feel like making my way into town to look for a mask, nor did I want to spend the money on one that I would never use again.
Instead I decided to make my own face structure using some wadded up paper. For the one I made last year, I used some old newspaper sheets. For this tutorial, though, I didn’t have any at home, so I just used what I could find. You can see that I made the main shape of the face out of paper towels, and covered it with aluminum foil.
The nice thing about aluminum foil is that it easily is molded into any shape that you want, and it holds its shape well. I added another ball of paper for the nose and also covered it with more foil, and I pushed in the area of the eye sockets.
Once you have the basic shape of a face, you can start to cover the face with your prosciutto. I think it looks more realistic when you use strips of ham and criss-cross them over the face structure. Keep adding the prosciutto until you have completely covered up the face structure and used all of the ham that you want to use.
Now, to finish off the creepy look, all that’s left to do is to add the eyes!
For the party, I made the eyes out of olives stuck onto the face with some cream cheese. While making my tutorial, though, I remembered that I still had a few gummy eyeballs in the fridge. So, I used those instead. To keep them in place, I wrapped a few thin pieces of prosciutto around them.
I didn’t finish this one up because I didn’t have a party to go to. So, don’t leave the foil showing like I did here!
Now be prepared for your guests to be shocked, grossed out, and amazed all at the same time!!