Asparagus is my favorite spring vegetable side dish and I decided to take it to a whole new level of fabulous by wrapping it prosciutto and grilling it until the ham is perfectly crispy. This recipe is a healthy, low carb dish that will floor your dinner guests, yet it is easy enough to make for a weeknight dinner.
Wild asparagus patches are one of the most highly guarded secrets here in Minnesota. I’ve lived here for 12 years and have yet to find one person who will show me where to find some. I’ve even heard of people selling their secret location to others when moving away. If you have ever bought quality asparagus from the store, you understand why there is such secrecy. It is a very expensive little veggie 🙂
This recipe takes an already fabulous veggie and ups both the flavor as well as the presentation. I know many of you will comment that you don’t know where to find prosciutto in your local grocery store. First, check in the refrigerated section of specialty cheeses and most likely you will find some there. If not, stop by the deli and they can point you in the right direction, or order you some!
What I love most about this recipe is the flexibility in how to cook it. You can toss them on the grill, line them on a rimmed half sheet pan for the oven or even cook them in a skillet on the stove. The grill and in the oven are my preferred method of cooking because I can cook them all at once, verses on the stove top I can only do a few at a time since they have to cook in a single layer with some space in between.
- 1 pound asparagus
- 6 ounces sliced prosciutto, sliced in half
- freshly ground pepper
- Preheat either the grill or your oven's broiler to high. If using a broiler, raise the oven rack to 4-5 inches under the heat source.
- Trim about an inch off the bottom of the asparagus to remove the tough end. Wrap one halved slice of prosciutto around one asparagus stalk, then repeat with the remaining ingredients.
- If grilling, place over high heat until the prosciutto becomes crisp and the asparagus tender, about 3 minutes then flip over and grill another 2 minutes. If you are using a broiler, place the asparagus on the rimmed baking sheet, leaving plenty of space between each piece so they don't steam. Place under the broiler for 3 minutes until the prosciutto becomes crisp and the asparagus tender. Remove from the oven, flip each piece and return to the broiler for another 3 minutes. Sprinkle on the pepper and serve immediately.
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