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Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking - Asparagus and Proscuitto Bundles

Asparagus and Proscuitto Bundles


Today is another recipe using Aspargus. Who wouldn't love this recipe-asparagus, proscuitto, and cheese. The recipe is very simple to make, but very elegant to look at. You trim and boil your asparagus until tender. You then take a piece of proscuitto, lay 3 asparagus spears on top, then top with Italian fontina or parmigiano-reggiano. Top with a little butter, then wrap the proscuitto tightly around the asparagus spears. Top with 2 criss-cross slices of cheese, more butter, and bake for 20 minutes.

Marcella explains that you should use a flavorful Italian fontina, and if you can't find that you can substitute parmigiano-reggiano. She says if you do that, you should also substitute boiled unsmoked ham for the proscuitto so the dish won't be overly salty. I did have to use parmesiano-reggiano, but I knew my proscuitto wasn't too salty, so I used it, and boy, was it delicious. I was sorry I didn't have any lefttovers for later, but I have no doubt that I will be making this simple but elegant side-dish again in the future.

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