Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto

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I first had this appetizer at a baby shower for Guadalupe Petrone several years ago, and have been making it ever since. It is a real crowd-pleaser and easy, easy, easy! I buy the prosciutto at Trader Joe's where it is reasonably priced and good quality. You could substitute thinly sliced ham, but I think you will like the prosciutto taste better.

Ingredients:
8 slices prosciutto
16 asparagus spears
1 T extra virgin olive oil

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and coat with olive oil. Wrap a half slice of prosciutto around each asparagus spear, starting at the bottom, and spiraling up to the tip. Place the wrapped spears on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove, and shake the pan back and forth to roll the spears over. Return to the oven for another 5 minutes, or until asparagus is tender, and prosciutto is crisp. Serve immediately.

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