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Categories: Appetizers, Vegetables

Asparagus wrapped in crisp prosciutto

True lovers of asparagus are a devout bunch, united in their passion for spring's first green spears and resolute in their refusal to be seduced by the siren song of out-of-season impostors. But within this flock lies a deep division. ... Read more

Total time: 20 minutes | Serves 4 to 6
Note: This extremely simple recipe is a combination of two old favorites: basic roast asparagus and steamed asparagus wrapped in prosciutto. The contrast between the soft asparagus and the crisp prosciutto is delicious. Serve this with iced Champagne and plenty of napkins to wipe asparagus juice from your fingers.
  • 1 pound asparagus, medium thickness (about 16 spears)
  • 1/2 pound prosciutto, sliced medium-thin, about 16 slices from the smaller end
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Step 1Heat the oven to 450 degrees. Cut off the bottom 1 to 1 1/2 inches of the asparagus spears and, if the spears are thick, peel them. Wrap a slice of prosciutto around each spear spiraling upward, with the fatty stripe of the ham at the bottom so it creates a barber pole effect up the spear.

Step 2Line a jellyroll pan with aluminum foil and smear it lightly with the olive oil. Arrange the wrapped spears in the pan and place in the oven. After 5 minutes, shake the pan vigorously to turn the spears. Roast another five minutes and shake again. Roast until the asparagus is very tender and the prosciutto is somewhat crisp, about 15 minutes total. Serve immediately.

Each of 6 servings:
110 calories; 11 grams protein; 2 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 7 grams fat; 2 grams saturated fat; 34 mg. cholesterol; 731 mg. Sodium
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