Sunday, November 9, 2014

Ham-wrapped Asparagus

This is an easy way to upgrade asparagus. 

Simply wrap parboiled asparagus in ham (in my case spiced ham from the deli) and then bake it for few minutes and it's done.  It is THAT easy to make. 

Cut the asparagus pieces (use the ones with thicker stems) into strips slightly longer than the length of the ham.  Parboil the asparagus, then plunge into ice water.  Meanwhile, remove moisture from the ham by blotting with kitchen towels.  If the slices are thick, cut the ham in half (using a whole thick slice will result in pieces that are too bulky!), otherwise leave the (thin) ham slices alone.  Wrap an asparagus spear in a piece of ham and secure with a toothpick (I cut a double-edged toothpick in half).  Arrange single layer in a baking dish.

Bake in a preheated 375F oven for about 5 to 10 minutes, just until the asparagus spears are warmed through.  Remove the toothpicks (the ham should not unravel!)  Serve immediately.

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