I love a quick recipe. And this one for Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus is quicker than quick, and requires no special tools.
Prosciutto is a buttery, lightly sweet Italian ham. It’s often sliced very thinly because to be honest, it’s pretty rich! It’s dry cured, so it’s also on the salty side. Its delicate sweetness pairs so nicely with the earthy flavor of asparagus.
When I’m shopping for prosciutto, I head straight to the Deli. Prosciutto sold in a package tastes fine, but I find that the thick slices aren’t good for wrapping. Tell the Deli that you’d like it sliced very thinly. They’ll usually place deli paper between the slices so it doesn’t stick together.
Medium sized asparagus is best suited for this recipe. If it’s too thin, it’ll get overcooked under the broiler. If it’s too thick, it won’t cook enough. I chose to bundle three medium sized spears together for each slice of prosciutto. The finished dish can be used for either an appetizer or a side dish.
You can experiment with the asparagus to prosciutto ratio, too. One spear wrapped in half a slice of prosciutto would be a perfect hand-held appetizer. Five spears wrapped in a whole slice would be a nice side dish. Play with it!
I had a little extra prosciutto leftover so I wrapped it around melon slices. I love how the salty prosciutto tastes with the sweet melon. Either cantaloupe or a honeydew melon would be great here. Watermelon would be tasty, too!
Since I seem to find asparagus in the grocery store at every point during the year, this is a great recipe for all seasons. It’s especially festive during the holidays, and would pair well with a sparkling wine to cut the richness of the prosciutto.
I served it alongside a homemade quiche stuffed with provolone and…more prosciutto. I bought just a little too much, but that’s never a bad thing. Prosciutto also freezes really well in an air-tight bag, as long as there is deli paper between the slices.
Do you have any favorite quick appetizers? I’d love to know in the comments below!
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
Yield 8–10 bundles
Great anytime of the year, and particularly festive around the holidays!
- 1 bunch medium-thick asparagus
- ½ lb thinly sliced prosciutto
- Optional: olive oil, kosher salt
- Arrange an oven rack 6 inches below the broiler. Preheat broiler to high.
- If desired, brush asparagus with olive oil and sprinkle very lightly with salt (the prosciutto is already salty).
- Take one piece of prosciutto and wrap it around 3 spears of asparagus. Repeat with the remaining asparagus and prosciutto.
- Place on a sheet pan. Broil for 2–3 minutes, or until the prosciutto is starting to brown. Flip and broil for another 2–3 minutes until prosciutto is crisp and browned on the edges. Serve immediately.