Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
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Savory, salty, and crispy, prosciutto wrapped asparagus with sage are a perfect holiday side dish that can also double as an appetizer.
I really enjoy asparagus as long as it’s not over cooked. We usually steam or grill it, but this is perfection. The wonderfully nuanced flavor of the fresh sage and salty prosciutto wrapped around each asparagus spear gets crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
Making prosciutto wrapped asparagus
Easy to put together, simply wash the asparagus and with one hand on the center of the spear and the other on the cut end, slightly bend until the tough end breaks. Discard the ends or save for a soup stock.
I add fresh sage leaves to each asparagus spear, then wrap the Italian ham around them.
I also slice each leaf in half down the middle, so as not to overpower the wonderful, salty goodness of the prosciutto.
A quick pan sauté to get all crispy and cook the asparagus and that’s it really.
I hope you give this version of prosciutto wrapped asparagus a try. The flavor is incredible, and the leftovers are great the next day cold, too.
I often serve these with boneless rib roast, which is an amazing recipe in itself! Holiday dinner ideas coming straight to you. Enjoy!
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Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
- 12 asparagus spears
- 6 slices prosciutto
- 6 leaves fresh sage
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- freshly ground black pepper
- Wash and trim the asparagus spears (See Note 1)
- Cut prosciutto strips into two halves lengthways, ending up with 12 strips.
- Place each prosciutto strip on a cutting board at a 45 degree angle. Place one of the sage leaves in the center then an asparagus spear on top of the meat, perpendicular to it. Wrap and roll the asparagus spear in a spiral like a candy cane stripe up to the top of the spear, allowing the tip to still show. Continue with the others and refrigerate for 10 minutes. I found this helps the prosciutto adhere and stay on.
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet and sauté wrapped asparagus spears for 1-2 minutes on each side until prosciutto is brown and crispy. Season with freshly ground black pepper and serve.
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I saw some asparagus at a local market the other day and it killed me that I couldn’t just buy it. Not having a kitchen and my pantry on hand is killing me! Love these, Kevin!
Thanks John. I realize your trip is an incredible adventure, but it would kill me too not to cook or have at hand what I’m so used to eat. Although from what I’ve been seeing, you have been eating quite a delicious variety of tasty goods. 🙂
I like the addition of the sage…a beautiful side dish to serve when entertaining.
Thanks you Karen. I love a good, tasty and beautiful dish that’s not too difficult to make and impresses. Enjoy!
These with Prime Rib Roast Italiano? You know how to get me, Kevin! Yep, my mouth is watering and stomach is growling…not pretty! Unlike this dish which is gorgeous! YUM!
Thanks Annie, now I’m thinking of the prime rib too… with mashed potatoes and gravy. I knew I should have had lunch….
This side dish is right up my alley! Asparagus wrapped in prosciutto – it does not get much better than this! Love the addition of fresh sage as well! Have a great weekend!
Thanks Miriam. I love a quick recipe that delivers big on flavor. Cheers!