If you were to view a meal as a cast of characters, you would of course need to focus not only on your star characters but also your supporting roles; the award for Best Supporting Actor was not invented for nothing. My point? While your entree is an important part of any meal, your side dishes play an integral role: tying it all together. With that, it is smart to have some easy go-to recipes within reach when entertaining.
Asparagus spears are cut in half lengthwise and dipped in extra virgin olive oil, then wrapped with thin strips of proscuitto and topped with freshly grated parmesan, minced garlic, and the juice of a lemon wedge. The actual crafting of this side dish (or appetizer, if you so desire) is deceivingly simple and looks beautiful once presented.
My Favorite Proscuitto Wrapped Asparagus Spears with Parmesan and Garlic
1 bundle asparagus spears, sliced in half lengthwise
75g proscuitto, sliced thinly
50 ml extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp pepper
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
3 garlic cloves, minced
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine pepper and olive oil. Dip each asparagus spear into mixture.
Bundle two or three asparagus spear halves together and wrap with 1 slice proscuitto. After using non stick spray on an oven safe dish, place bundles (end of proscuitto side down) inside.
Once all asparagus bundles are in the dish, evenly distribute minced garlic and grated parmesan overtop and pop in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Squeeze fresh lemon juice overtop and serve.