Monday, November 17, 2014

Prosciutto and Goat Cheese Wrapped Asparagus

I first had these little bundles of joy at a book club my friend Lindsay hosted.  I immediately became focused on eating as many as I could and because of this, I cannot recall anything about the book we discussed.  My only clear memory of that night are these amazing Prosciutto and Goat Cheese wrapped Asparagus, and I have been obsessed ever since.  They are unbelievably delicious with the crispy and salty prosciutto and the creamy and tangy goat cheese.  The asparagus cooks up a little sweet and adds a fresh bite to the the whole package.  When I saw asparagus at Trader Joe's in November, I knew I had to make this recipe and share it with you!  These are a perfect appetizer for any dinner and would be fantastic to serve at a holiday or Super Bowl party.  They seriously could not be easier to put together and cook up fast.  Some advice, these will be eaten up very quickly so I recommend snagging a couple of them for yourself before you put them out for your guests.  They will be gone before you know it and you need to get in on the action.

Here is what you need:

1 lb Asparagus, trimmed
4 -6 oz of Thinly Sliced Prosciutto
2 oz of Goat Cheese (if you are not a Goat cheese fan, cream cheese would be fantastic also)
1/8 tsp of Pepper
Cooking Spray

This is what you do:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Wash and trim the asparagus.  Take 3-4 asparagus stalks and lay them on a slice of prosciutto.  Add about a 1/2 tbsp of goat cheese on top of the asparagus and wrap them up.  Repeat until finished.  Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.  Place the bundles on the sheet and cook for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.  Remove and serve!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4-6 as an appetizer

First thing to do is preheat oven to 400 degrees, then wash and trim your asparagus.  You bend the asparagus until it snaps.  That bottom end is usually tough and woody, so we don't want to eat that.  I snap a couple of the stalks to get an idea where the whole bunch will need to be trimmed.  Then I use my knife to cut them all off at roughly the same place.
 The Bend and Snap (obligatory Legally Blonde reference).
 A little knife action.
This is where I start getting excited.

Next, take a slice of prosciutto and grab 3-4 stalks of asparagus, depending on size, and lay them on the prosciutto.  Add about 1/2 tbsp of goat cheese on top of the asparagus.  Then wrap in a delicious little bundle.  
 I may have went a bit extra on the goat cheese...
Repeat!

When you have finished wrapping your gifts of asparagus, line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray so nothing sticks.  Place the asparagus bundles on the sheet and sprinkle with pepper.  Put in oven and bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. 
 No asparagus, prosciutto or goat cheese will be sticking to this pan.
Ready to rock it in the oven.

Remove from oven and place on a serving dish.  I am serious when I say to set a couple aside for yourself before putting them out for your guests.  These will be gone before you know it.  They are that fantastic.
These will not last long.
 Not only are they delicious, they are beautiful too.

I am so happy Lindsay introduced these to me and even more happy to be able to share them with you.  This appetizer is sure to become a favorite for you and your family just like it has for mine.  They are too die for!  Let me know how long they last at your next dinner party.  I am guessing not long at all.