Thursday, March 27, 2014

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus Bundles

This is one of those embarrassingly easy recipes that I make dozens of times a year.  As soon as spring rolls around and asparagus comes into season, this becomes my go-to appetizer and pot luck contribution.  It's great straight out of the oven, at room temperature, and even chilled; so you really can't go wrong.

I love to drizzle these with a balsamic glaze, but it's certainly not necessary.  Just an extra little touch that makes them even more special.

Same deal with the Dijon mustard.  I brush each piece of prosciutto lightly with the mustard, and I think it imparts a nice little bit of spiciness, and it helps cut the rich saltiness of the prosciutto.  So while you could just simply wrap some asparagus with prosciutto and call it a day, the mustard and prosciutto are what elevate this dish to truly wonderful.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend - perhaps one that involves these little babies and a few glasses of wine?

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus Bundles

  • 1 lb asparagus, woody ends trimmed
  • 4 oz thinly sliced prosciutto, halved horizontally
  • 1-2 Tbs Dijon mustard
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • balsamic glaze, for serving*
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and lightly grease a rimmed baking sheet.

Brush each slice of prosciutto lightly with the Dijon mustard, and wrap tightly around 3-4 spears of asparagus.  Lay each bundle seam side-down on the baking sheet.

Drizzle lightly with oil, then sprinkle the asparagus VERY lightly with salt.  Season with freshly ground black pepper.

Bake 10-15 minutes, or until the asparagus is tender and cooked-through, and the asparagus is slightly browned and crispy.

Before serving, drizzle with balsamic glaze.

*To make a balsamic glaze, heat 1 cup of balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.  Bring to a boil and cook until it is thickened and reduced by half, 15-20 minutes.  Remove from heat and cool.


Josie said...

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Josie said...

Such an awesome appetizer! Sometime the easiest recipes are the one that get most overlooked so i'm glad you went ahead and posted it anyway!

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