Friday, October 4, 2013

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Spears

If you've never experienced the deliciousness that is prosciutto wrapped asparagus spears (or the bacon wrapped version) I highly recommend you give them a try (unless you're vegetarian, then do your thing, or look for my alternative at the bottom of this post).

This recipe is quick and easy, and amazing. My oldest sister makes these as her go to appetizer for company and they're usually one of the first things to run out.


12 asparagus spears
6 prosciutto slices/strips
A little butter for frying

  1. Wash asparagus and cut 2 cm off the ends. Cut prosciutto strips into two halves, going lengthways, you should end up with 12 strips.
  2. Place each prosciutto strip on a chopping board at a 45 degree angle. Place one of the asparagus spears on top of the meat, perpendicular to it. The tip of the asparagus should be lined up with the bottom of the prosciutto strip. Wrap the bottom end of prosciutto over the asparagus and holding the meat tight, start rolling the asparagus up. The prosciutto strip will wrap around the whole length of the spear because it’s on an angle. You can try a different wrapping method but I find this is a very quick to do it. Don’t worry if parts of the asparagus spears are not covered completely.
  3. Heat some butter in a large, flat frying pan to sizzling hot. Fry wrapped asparagus spears for 1-2 minutes on each side or until prosciutto is brown and crispy.

Note:  When I make these I put a bit of a twist to this recipe by adding 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar to the pan when browning the asparagus. I find it enhances the overall flavour of the dish.

If you're a vegetarian you can always leave out the prosciutto and just simmer the asparagus in the butter and balsamic vinegar (it's still delicious and even easier to make since you don't have to take time to wrap the spears).


Take Care,


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