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Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus with Garlic and Herb Cheese

PROSCIUTTO WRAPPED ASPARAGUS - Garlic and Herb cheese is spread over prosciutto and then wrapped around fresh asparagus and baked until tender #asparagus #prosciutto #appetizer #happilyunprocessed

This low carb appetizer uses fresh asparagus that is paired with a garlic and herb cream cheese and wrapped in salty prosciutto and baked until tender. Perfect as a side dish or finger food at your next cocktail party.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Begin by cutting about 1/2″ off the bottom of the asparagus or any unsightly trunks.  Blanch the asparagus by boiling it in a large skillet over high heat in enough water to cover it by 1″.  Boil rapidly for 1 minute.  Remove the asparagus and immediately plunge in ice water.   Dry with paper towels.
  2. Spread a thin layer of softened (room temperature) cheese over the slices of prosciutto (this can get messy so start with a little and add as you go).
  3. Bundle 3 asparagus spears together and wrap with the prosciutto like a candy cane or on an angle twisting up as you go.
  4. Place them on a baking sheet with parchment paper sprayed with cooking spray.
  5. Using a brush (or fingers) moisten the exposed asparagus with a little olive oil.  This will help prevent them from drying out while cooking.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes at 400 F on the middle rack.  They are done when a fork just pierces thru the thickest part of the asparagus.  Be careful not to overcook.
  7. Place on a platter and lightly drizzle with balsamic glaze if desired.
  8. These can be served, hot, room temperature or cold.