Monday, March 18, 2013

Baked prosciutto-wrapped asparagus

On to the next holiday Easter.
This is a perfect appetizer for Easter.  Light, fresh and simple.
When hosting a holiday you want your foods to be delicious but also easy to make.

This is what you will need:

12 thick asparagus spears, with tough ends trimmed off
6 thin slices of prosciutto
2 ounces whipped cream cheese at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons finely chopped chives (optional)
Ground black pepper, to taste

How to make them:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Blanch asparagus in boiling, salted water for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the spears. Plunge into iced water. Drain and blot on paper towels.
In a small bowl, combine cream cheese with garlic powder, chives, and pepper.
Spread a small amount of cheese mixture over each prosciutto half and, starting at the bottom end of asparagus, wrap prosciutto diagonally around each spear.
Lightly spray a baking sheet with vegetable cooking oil.
Arrange prosciutto-wrapped asparagus on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

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