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Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus

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As a former picky eater, I can’t think of a better way to make strong tasting vegetables (like asparagus) more palatable than by wrapping them in bacon! Perhaps dousing them in cheese sauce works as well, but that’s a different topic altogether.

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These asparagus spears aren’t wrapped in regular bacon but instead thin slices of smoked prosciutto, a type of Italian cured ham. From a health perspective it’s smart to limit the consumption of meat products, especially cured and non-lean meats, but I like prosciutto because it’s shaved paper thin. This means that each piece doesn’t pack a significant fat or calorie punch. It’s more of an accent, if anything.

Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus is a great party appetizer, particularly in the spring when asparagus is in season. Be sure to choose spears that aren’t too thick, otherwise the asparagus won’t be tender enough after cooking.

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Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus
A classic spring appetizer - young asparagus spears wrapped in prosciutto and broiled until crisp on the outside, tender on the inside
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 bunch asparagus (about 20 spears), woody ends trimmed
  2. 10 thin slices prosciutto, halved lengthwise
  3. 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  4. Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat broiler. Wrap a prosciutto slice around each asparagus spear. Arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Broil, flipping once halfway through cooking, until asparagus is fork-tender and prosciutto is beginning to crisp, about 10 minutes total. Arrange on a serving plate and serve immediately.
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