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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Prosciutto-wrapped Roasted Asparagus

One of my favorite Giada deLaurentiis recipes is more of a method than an actual recipe.  It calls for roasting stalks of asparagus and then wrapping them in this strips of prosciutto.  It's really delicious.  I like to roast asparagus until it has caramelized, leaving the tips almost crispy.  Unless the spears are rather thick, I bundle 3 or 4 of the pencil-thin asparagus into one.  Once wrapped in prosciutto, I like to 'gild the lily' by drizzling a little balsamic vinegar over the spears.  Delicious!!

Prosciutto-wrapped Roasted Asparagus

1 pound asparagus (about 19 stalks), trimmed
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 to 8 paper-thin slices prosciutto, halved lengthwise
Balsamic vinegar

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Snap the dry stem ends off of each asparagus and place on a heavy baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss. Roast until the asparagus is slightly caramelized, about 15 - 25 minutes (depending on the thickness of the spears). Cool slightly.

Wrap each asparagus with 1 piece (about 1/2 a slice) of prosciutto, exposing tips. Arrange on a platter and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.  Serve at room temperature.

Adapted from Giada deLaurentiis


La Table De Nana said...

Lori..We just bought 2 new cookbooks and this is in one of them:) I'll make yours though:)I appreciate all the time you take to share every recipe w/ us!

Velva said...

Lori, this looks amazing. Proscuitto and asparagus is like hand n' glove. However, roasting the asparagus before wrapping it, is over the top. DELICIOUS!!!

Jeanette said...

I have never had proscuitto and asparagus before but have meaning to try it. Roasting it first would take it so the next level. Just thought I would let you know.
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Linda said...

Looks wonderful Lori...
This is a favorite of my younger son especially...
I love serving this or appys over the holidays...or anytime!
Beautiful pics!

Sook said...

I haven't tried prociutto wrapped bacon before! Sounds very appetizing!

Thibeault's Table said...

What a fantastic photo. Lori, I love the idea of the prosciutto with the roasted asparagus.

Anonymous said...

Oh, great idea roasting the asparagus before. I am going to try that variation next time.

Pam said...

These are one of my favorite appetizers. I never thought of balsamic vinegar. Great idea, I will try it. The pics look so good I am now starving!

Zurin said...

gorgeous photos and food !!

Pam said...

Lori, I just added you to my blog post. I love your blog! Recipes, pictures, music, it's a feast for the senses!

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

Pam, I'm so glad you are enjoying All That Splatters!

I notice that you have a few blogs attributed to your name. What are the differences in the blogs, and do you have a favorite among them? Which one do you post to most regularly? I'm very interested!!

Anonymous said...

My brother made this on Thanksgiving. I have to admit when he made them they didnt look appetizing lol. The kids kept asking "do we have to eat those plant bacon things?". Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised. Yours look delicious makes me want some.

Stacy from Cooking forum said...

I made these for a dinner party last night and I wish I could tell you how good they were - but they were G O N E before I could even grab one - haha! Everyone loved them. Thanks. (DH is at the store right now getting more asparagus and proscuitto for us for today...)

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