Prosciutto wrapped asparagus

Prosciutto wrapped asparagus is a classic antipasto perfect for a light lunch or snack when family and friends drop in.

Recipe from the Australian Asparagus Council.

Ingredients:

12 asparagus spears, woody ends removed
12 slices prosciutto
2 tablespoons olive oil
1-2 garlic cloves, crushed
Baby truss tomatoes
Turkish bread, sliced
1 wedge of your favourite Brie
1 wedge of your favourite blue cheese

Directions:

  1. Place asparagus in a large heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Allow to stand for 30-60 seconds. Remove asparagus and place in a separate large bowl of cold water for 1 minute to prevent further cooking. Drain asparagus and pat dry with paper towel.
  2. Wrap each asparagus spear with a slice of prosciutto and arrange on a serving platter.
  3. Combine oil and garlic. Brush baby truss tomatoes with 2 teaspoons of the mixture and grill or roast until skins are split.
  4. Brush Turkish bread with the remaining garlic and olive oil mixture and grill on a char-grill plate or in a heavy based frying pan.
  5. Arrange baby truss tomatoes, bread and cheese next to asparagus on a serving platter and serve at once.

Tips:

For a vegetarian dish, omit the prosciutto. To add flavour to the asparagus, drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt flakes and freshly ground pepper.