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Asparagi con prosciutto

Asparagus wrapped in Parma Ham

Aspagagus with Parma Han

When should I make it?

This is a great dish to make when Asparagus are in season but also a great dinner party starter dish that can be made at any time of the year.

If making for a dinner party, you can do some of the preparation in advance so that it's ready just to be put in the oven when your guests arrive.

How long will it take?

Allow about 20 minutes in total.

What ingredients do I need?

 For each portion you will need:

  • A small bundle of Asparagus (about 4-6 depending on size)
  • 2 or 3 slices of Parma Ham
  • Garnish such as small bunch of cherry tomatoes on the vine
  • Seasoning – Salt & Black Pepper
  • Olive oil & Parmasan (optional)

Can I use any alternatives if I can find certain ingredients?

You can obviously use any garnish you wish, maybe just a few mixed leaves or rocket. You could also use an alternative cooked ham very finely sliced such as a Spanish Jamon.

What preparation do I need to do / what can I do in advance?

If making for a dinner party, you could proceed to the end of step 2 and leave the remaining steps until your guests arrive.

What are the main steps?
  1. Trim the think base of the Asparagus and blanch in boiling water for a couple of minutes, remove and refresh under cold water.
  2. Wrap the slices of ham around the bundles of Asparagus and place in lightly oiled oven proof dish.
  3. Place asparagus bundles into oven at about 200 degrees for about 10-15 minutes or until asparagus are fully cooked 
  4. Serve with garnish, drizzle of olive oil and a few shavings of fresh parmasan cheese

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