Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Recipe
Simple flavor combinations are often the most delicious. These prosciutto-wrapped asparagus bundles require just a few ingredients but deliver incredible results in just a few minutes. Have you ever wondered how long to cook prosciutto-wrapped asparagus? Follow this recipe for the perfect timing and the steps to take for a delicious asparagus appetizer.
I use this Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus recipe for parties in addition to using it as a vegetable side dish. My son is not a big asparagus fan, but he will eat these as they are wrapped in prosciutto. Prosciutto is dry-cured ham which is basically Italian bacon. Who doesn't love bacon?
For best results, have your prosciutto sliced in your grocer’s meat department (vs. buying pre-sliced packages). This will give you greater control over the thickness of each slice. If your slices are too thick, they will not remain neatly wrapped around the asparagus spears and your appetizers will taste too salty. Request very thin slices that do not fall apart when you handle them. I usually use the Citterio brand packages at Costco as they are of excellent quality and size and roll nicely around the asparagus.
Yield: 30 appetizers
Total Prep Time: 15 minutes
- 30 asparagus spears, washed and tough bottom ends cut off
- 15 slices of prosciutto, sliced thin
- 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
I purchase my asparagus at Costco as I love their prices and the large amount that is in each package. The picture above is an entire Costco package.
Cut each strip of prosciutto in half lengthwise. Wrap each trimmed asparagus spear with a strip of prosciutto, starting just below the tip and wrapping toward the bottom.
When finished, the entire spear should be covered, except for the tip.
It is best to arrange the wrapped asparagus spears on a lined baking sheet, leaving plenty of room between the spears. At the time I made this recipe, I was out of lining so I had more clean up than if I had used a liner on the baking sheet. Use a second pan or work in batches, if necessary. I like to brush each spear with olive oil and season with freshly cracked black pepper, to taste. (Avoid adding excess salt because the prosciutto is naturally salty). Please note this step is not necessary, but something I think adds a little more flavor to the asparagus spears.
Place baking pan with the prosciutto-wrapped asparagus spears in the oven broiler and cook for about 4-5 minutes. Remove pan from oven and carefully turn each spear before placing the pan back under the broiler. Broil for another 2 or 3 minutes, or until the prosciutto is crispy and the asparagus is tender. You want to be careful not to overcook as the asparagus spears will become mushy if overcooked.
Remove spears from the baking sheet and place them on a wire cooling rack to allow excess grease to drain. Dab lightly with a paper towel, remove excess oil. Transfer spears to a serving tray and serve immediately.
Bonus Flavor Tip!
You could easily make this a delicious prosciutto wrapped balsamic recipe by drizzling on our favorite Alessi Balsamic Reduction. We love it and basically put it on everything! Enjoy!
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