Saturday, March 16, 2013

Lemon Asparagus and Prosciutto Bundles

I love this time of year when asparagus is in season.  It is such a versatile vegetable, it is great as a side dish, appetizer and tossed into salads and risottos.  The tartness of lemon and saltiness prosciutto pair nicely together and when wrapped around spears of asparagus its like a perfect marriage :) 


  • 1 bunch of asparagus spears
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon and the zest
  • about 1/4 lb of prosciutto
  • salt & pepper
Begin my marinating the asparagus.  Trim the spears of their rough ends (simply hold each end and bend, it will snap where it is naturally supposed to break).  Place spears into a shallow dish and drizzle with olive oil.  Zest the lemon and use the juice from the whole lemon and place all into the dish.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss.  Allow to marinate for 30 minutes to an hour.  Meanwhile preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Next, begin wrapping asparagus with the prosciutto.  Typically I like to wrap about 2 spears at a time depending on the thickness.   Also, depending on the length of the prosciutto you may only need a 1/2 of a piece (use your judgement).  Wrap spears with the prosciutto and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes or until prosciutto just begins to crisp.  These are great served room temperature or cooled!


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