This is a recipe I got from my friend Carrie. It's a perfect side dish to prepare ahead of time when you're having guests over. Then you can throw this in the oven at the last minute. Every guest has their own little bundle. It's like a gift from the asparagus gods.
To begin with, I believe the selection of asparagus is what MAKES this recipe taste so good. I prefer little skinny stalks.
I'm sure the reason I prefer the skinny stalks is because when I was little we had wild asparagus growing along our fence row by the pasture at our home. The small stalks would be as big around as my thumb and they got even bigger.. They had a funny pungent taste and I was not a fan, to say the least! Add to that the fact that mom would serve them steamed with a Hollandaise sauce globbed over it... it just wasn't appealing to a young kid.
But these little babies... oh they are crunchy and I love the way they taste. We often serve these just grilled or broiled with some olive oil, salt, & pepper.
But what makes them EVEN BETTER is adding a slice of pepper jack cheese and wrapping them in a slice of prosciutto.
The prosciutto will cook to a crisp consistency and the cheese adds yummy flavor.
Divide your asparagus into how many ever bundles you want to make. This was one bunch. For 8 people you'd need a couple of bunches.
Trim the ends off of the bottom. Wash and pat dry.
I used slices of pepper jack and used a half of a piece for each bundle, then take a slice of prosciutto and wrap it around and place it seam-side down on your baking sheet. My prosciutto was hard to work with this time around. The sheets were very thin and kept ripping apart so it wasn't the easiest to wrap with.
Brush the ends with olive oil and sprinkle the ends with salt and pepper. Bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes.
You can also cook these on a grill. When I was cooking these I ended up sticking them in the oven at 350 to let it cook with another dish. I just left them in the oven a little longer and they turned out just fine.
Life on the lake is laid back. When we cook it's far from being fancy affair. It's all about relaxing with friends and family and enjoying comfort food. More often than not it's not all that healthy but boy it sure is good!!!
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