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Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

Total Time
15 min
Prep
10 min
Cook
5 min
Serves
20
Difficulty
Easy
Finger food at its finest: So simple to prepare and such a tasty combination.
Ingredients

table salt

½ tsp, for cooking water

uncooked asparagus

1 pound(s), thick spears, ends trimmed (about 20 per bunch)

Casa Italia Prosciutto

6 oz, or other brand, thinly sliced into 20 pieces

low fat cream cheese

¼ cup(s)

balsamic vinegar

1 tsp, good-quality

black pepper

tsp, freshly ground, or to taste

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Lightly spread a dab of cream cheese down center 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).
Notes
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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