Grilled Proscuitto-Wrapped Asparagus

Talk about an easy appetizer.  These little bundles of yum take almost no time to make.  Waiting for the grill to heat up is the most time-consuming part!  If you are looking for a way to fill out your grilling menu with something slightly unique, these are perfect.  Proscuitto has been my most recent victory in finding a less-than-mainstream ingredient at the grocery store.  I have searched for so long, and finally thought to look in a case near the deli – sure enough, there it was.  Hooray!

If you have had proscuitto before, you know it is salty! Because of this, I think it’s best to use multiple spears of asparagus rather than wrapping single spears individually to help cut some of the salt.  And I think it goes without saying, but you definitely do not need any added salt when seasoning these.  Just some black pepper and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar will do. Depending on the thickness of the asparagus spears available to you, you may want to use more or less in a bundle.  I could only find skinny asparagus so I used about 5-6 spears in each, but for regular thick spears, I would probably go with 3 per bundle.  I have seen this appetizer many times before, so I used no real source when preparing this dish but just sort of winged it on my own!

Grilled Proscuitto Wrapped Asparagus Bundles
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1 bunch of asparagus, thick or thin
1 package of thinly sliced proscuitto
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the grill or a grill pan to medium-high heat, and oil the grate.  Wash, dry and trim asparagus spears.  Lay out one piece of proscuitto on a work surface.  Bundle a few spears of asparagus together near one end of the proscuitto, and wrap them up tightly with the meat.  Lay seam side down on a plate.  Repeat with remaining asparagus and proscuitto.  Brush the bundles lightly with olive oil.  Drizzle with a few splashes of balsamic vinegar.  Season with freshly ground pepper to taste.

Transfer the bundles to the heated grill, seam side down, and cook until nice grill marks have formed.  Flip gently with tongs, and repeat on the second side.  Cook until the asparagus has reached your desired doneness, testing it with a fork.  Remove from the grill, transfer to a platter, and serve.

Source: Annie’s Eats

15 Responses

  1. Annie…I just want to tell you that I look forward to your blog every morning. It’s like a little present! And this recipe looks wonderful. We don’t grill much, but we do have asparagus at least once a week.

    • Thank you so much, Elizabeth! I feel that way about the wonderful comments from my readers, so I’m glad to hear you enjoy it.
      🙂 Annie

  2. Is it bad that I make these as side dishes? lol. Delicious. Lovely specimens of asparagui (?) you have there too. I’m sure they melted in your mouth!

    • Laura,
      Of course not! I think these would be great as a side dish as well. I made them for more of a snack/appetizer night but they are totally a legit side.
      🙂 Annie

  3. What a great idea. I love asparagus and can’t wait to try this.

  4. This is really close to something I started making about a year ago.
    I take a single stalk of asparagus, a strip of Provolone cheese, wrap those in proscuitto, then tie it up with a length of chive.
    Toss em on the grill, and you’ve got a quick and easy app!
    I can’t get enough of these things, and I don’t even like asparagus nor Provolone!

    • Freehb,
      What a great variation! Of course I was already thinking of incorporating cheese somehow and that sounds perfect. I’ll have to try that next time!
      🙂 Annie

  5. These look great! We’ve made them before but I didn’t think to grill the proscuitto first! And on adding cheese – we’ve made some with a cream cheese mixture spread on the proscuitto before wrapping, and some with a goat cheese concoction. Yummy!

  6. Oh, I could park myself in front of these and munch all day!

  7. Ha! I JUST made these for dinner last night. I did mine slightly differently though. I spread some soft cream cheese on the proscuitto then wrapped that around the asparagus and didnt need to tie it, the cream cheese held it together nicely. Than I just stuck them in the oven at 450 till they were done! Fantastic! I will be trying them on the grill now! Thanks for the idea!!!

  8. Mmmm I love prosciutto wrapped asparagus! Nicely done 🙂

  9. Beautiful photography! My college roommate’s boyfriend made something like this for us once, only he included a small piece of Swiss cheese in between the asparagus & prosciutto. Yum!

  10. Made these tonight when having some friends over to grill…they were a huge hit!! Thanks for sharing…I would never have thought of this one by myself!!

  11. i made these the other night and it was great! thanks for the idea! 🙂

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