If you need a quick and healthful but impressive party snack or appetizer, here’s one that takes only a few minutes—prosciutto-wrapped asparagus.
Prosciutto is very thinly sliced dry-cured Italian ham. Any prosciutto should work for this appetizer, but ever since I discovered La Quercia Prosciutto at my local food co-op, I’ve looked for ways to use the delicate and salty treat. According to their packaging and website, this Norwalk, Iowa company’s products are made from pork raised humanely and without antibiotics. Local AND high-quality—two big pluses in my book.
You can prepare this snack hours ahead of time and broil just before serving. It’s perfect finger food; the prosciutto that’s so flimsy from the package becomes crispy like bacon when broiled for just a few minutes.
After you broil your batch of wrapped asparagus, you might want to broil up another unwrapped bunch (sprinkled with a little oil and salt) for the same amount of time for your vegetarian friends!
|Crispy Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus|| |
- 1 bunch asparagus, washed and tough ends trimmed (about 16 spears)
- 3 ounces prosciutto, chilled (it’s easier to handle when chilled)
- Preheat broiler.
- Halve each slice of prosciutto the long way so you have two thin strips from each slice. The slices of meat are separated by sheets of waxy paper, so you’ll need to halve each piece separately.
- Leaving the tip and end of the asparagus exposed, spiral-wrap each spear with one prosciutto strip, overlapping slightly as you wrap. The prosciutto is sticky, so even though it’s a little hard to handle, once you get it on the spear it stays in place nicely.
- Place wrapped spears on a rimmed baking sheet. If desired, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Broil 5 to 7 minutes or until meat is crisp and spears are tender-crisp. Serve immediately.
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