Two Ingredient Appetizer: Prosciutto wrapped Asparagus

Asparagus Appetizer with Prosciutto

Every host is always looking for elegant bite size appetizers, or finger foods, that can be served cold or at room temperature. Trust me, there aren’t too many out there that are easy to master, but this is one of them. This 2 ingredient Prosciutto wrapped asparagus is nothing more than bite size spears of blanched asparagus that are wrapped with paper thin prosciutto. It’s elegant and a crowd pleaser!

Why this recipe works:

  • Elegant
  • Bite Size
  • No cutlery required
  • 2 Ingredients
  • Salty, Savory, Colorful
  • Served at Room Temperature
Cutting asparagus for Prosciutto wrapped asparagusAppetizer

There is a very small down side to making theses, and anyone who often makes bite size finger foods probably knows exactly what I am going to say! Bite size = time.

While these bites of delicious asparagus are simple, you do need to set aside the appropriate amount of time to blanch, slice, dry, and roll. Again, simple (very simple) steps, but appropriate time is required, none the less.

However, they can be made a few hours ahead of time, and they travel well. These mini Asparagus Prosciutto bundles make for a nice hors d’oeuvre to being to a friends house, or to serve to your own guests.

How to buy Asparagus

Look for asparagus stalks that are firm, able to stand up straight, and with a smooth texture. Avoid stalks that appear limp or wilted. The tips of asparagus should be closed and compact, free from spreading , softness or appear mushy. Asparagus are considered a spring vegetable in the northeast, but readily found year round in most food stores.

Asparagus is Nutrient Rich

Asparagus contains a great deal of healthy minerals and vitamins and very few calories making it a popular choice for many. if you are interested in learning more about the health benefits of Asparagus check out this article by Healthline.

Fun Asparagus Fact

Asparagus is one of the only perennial vegetables. This means you plant it once and it comes back every year on its own, just like perennial flowers. They require very low maintenance and a great thing to grow in your backyard!

Step 1

Steam whole Asparagus stalks until bright green but still crunchy. About 2 minutes, but timing depends on the thickness of your asparagus. Blanch the steamed asparagus in ice cold water to stop the cooking and preserve the beautiful green color. Dry thoroughly. Then slice off the stalks to about 3 inch pieces and slice in half.
Making Asparagus and Prosciutto Appetizer

Step 2

Slice the tips in half and lay flat side down on paper towel to absorb excess moisture. For thick pieces, slice again.
Drying asparagus on paper towel

Step 3

Cute the middle stem into half and then in half again. Dry as well as possible on paper towel.
Slicing Asparagus

Step 4

Cut appropriately sized pieces of prosciutto and lay flat. Bundle 2 half of asparagus tips and 2 pieces of the thinly sliced stems pieces and roll tightly.
Making Asparagus and Prosciutto Appetizer

Step 5

Platter artfully and enjoy with mixed olives and a glass of wine!
Bite Size Blanched Asparagus wrapped with Prosciutto

Pro Tip!

Prosciutto wrapped Asparagus bundles can be made a few hours in advance but the asparagus needs to be dry! If the asparagus is too wet, the prosciutto will be soggy and not enjoyable.

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