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Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
Classy, But Simple

A recent visit to Costco, a big box everything store, revealed a nice package of Proscuitto di Parma.  Each transparently thin slice of this wonderful Italian salt-cured, air-dried but not smoked ham was separated by a thin plastic divider that peeled right off.  You've had this ham with melon or with cheese and crackers.  It's best eaten uncooked.  However, it can be cooked to good effect if added a la minute. For example:

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
1.  Trim and wash some asparagus and boil in lightly salted water for about 6 minutes until just barely tender. Scoop the cooked asparagus out of the boiling water and into an awaiting bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process and to retain the bright green color.
2.  When cooled, drain off the ice and water and place the asparagus on a paper towel to dry. 
3.  Peel off a slice of Prosciutto di Parma, place 5 or 6 spears of cooked asparagus on the prosciutto and wrap and roll the whole thing up. Repeat for all and set aside. 
4.  When ready, place the asparagus wraps in a greased pan and reheat in a preheated 400F oven for about eight minutes.
5.  Serve immediately.  Shown here with The Little Woman's chipped beef on toast.
Note:  You may add a grind of pepper or other seasoning to the asparagus before wrapping them up, but beware that the prosciutto is salty.


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