Like my strawberry cheesecake parfaits, prosciutto wrapped asparagus is one of those dishes that looks elegant and impressive but is actually really easy and quick to make. It works well as either a side dish, an appetizer, or a nice hors d’oeuvres at a potluck.
What Is Prosciutto, and What Do I Do With It?
Prosciutto is a dry-cured Italian ham. It’s not smoky, but it is fairly salty and slightly sweet, rich, and sliced super thin. Prosciutto is very similar to serrano, except that serrano is Spanish. Prosciutto has become popular enough in recent years that it’s pretty easy to find it in a lot of grocery stores.
Once you start experimenting with prosciutto, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to incorporate it into a variety of dishes.
- You can nearly always spot it starring in a meat and cheese (charcuterie) board.
- Obviously, you can wrap it around veggies and roast it.
- You can crisp it up in a pan and top a salad with it.
- Prosciutto also pairs really well with fruit for a nice sweet-and-salty combo like in this prosciutto wrapped cantaloupe
Making Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
It seriously couldn’t be easier to make this tasty dish.
- The asparagus has to be prepped. Give it a quick rinse, pat it dry, then chop the tough, woody ends off each asparagus spear.
- Divide the bunch of asparagus into 8-10 smaller portions, and wrap each portion in a piece of prosciutto. If the spears are about the size of my pinkie finger, I usually wrap about 3 spears of asparagus in a piece of prosciutto. If they’re smaller, I use 5-7 spears for each piece of prosciutto.
- Mix together olive oil, salt, pepper, and minced garlic, and drizzle it over the wrapped asparagus bundles.
- Stick it in the oven until the asparagus is tender but not too soft, and you’re done!
My husband likes this prosciutto wrapped asparagus because the prosciutto gives the green vegetables a nice bacon flavor. My kids like it because the bunches of asparagus are wrapped into little packages that they can easily pick up. Finger food is always appealing. And I like it because it’s so easy and still healthy. Hopefully, one of these reasons is convincing enough for you to give them a try!
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Recipe
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Wash the asparagus, and pat dry. Cut the tough, woody ends off each asparagus spear.
- Divide into little bunches. I usually divide one bunch of asparagus into 8-10 smaller ones.
- Wrap each small bunch of asparagus in a piece of prosciutto.
- Place on a baking sheet or in a large baking dish.
- In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper.
- Drizzle the asparagus bundles with the olive oil/seasoning mix.
- Place in oven for 10-12 minutes until prosciutto starts to get crispy and asparagus is bright green. Check to make sure asparagus is tender (not soft!).
- Let sit for two minutes, and serve immediately.
Do you like asparagus? What’s your favorite way to prepare it? Share below!!