Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 5 min
Finger food at its finest: So simple to prepare and such a tasty combination.
1/2 tsp table salt, for cooking water
1 cup(s) uncooked asparagus, thick spears, ends trimmed (about 20 per bunch)
6 oz prosciutto, or other brand, thinly sliced into 20 pieces
1/4 cup(s) low fat cream cheese
1 tsp balsamic vinegar, good-quality
1/8 tsp black pepper, freshly ground, or to taste
Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Fill a large bowl with ice water.
Fill a large stock pot with water; stir in salt. Set over high heat; bring to a rolling boil. Blanch asparagus just until tender, about 3 to 4 minutes depending on asparagus thickness. Drain; immediately plunge asparagus into ice bath. Let asparagus chill for 3 to 5 minutes; place in a single layer on prepared baking sheet to dry.
Lightly spread a dab of cream cheese down centre of each prosciutto rectangle; place asparagus stalks across narrow bottom end of prosciutto at a slight angle. Gently wrap prosciutto around asparagus so it covers stalks. Place asparagus on a serving platter; sprinkle with vinegar and season with several grinds of black pepper just before serving. Yields 1 asparagus per serving (depending on asparagus thickness).
This dish can be prepared up to a day before serving. Simply cover with a damp paper towel and wrap in plastic wrap. Garnish with vinegar and pepper just before serving.
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