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Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus is a classic appetizer recipe that’s perfect for holiday gatherings or as a side dish to dinner. Roasted asparagus spears are wrapped in thin slices of prosciutto with freshly grated parmesan cheese, and then baked in the oven until golden brown.

Overhead shot the appetizer with lemon wedges on a white plate.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus (Delicious Appetizer Recipe)

These crispy prosciutto wrapped spears are one of my all-time favorite finger food recipes that make for the best appetizer or side dish!

With a few high-quality ingredients like fresh asparagus spears, prosciutto, and freshly grated parmesan cheese you have a delicious veggie side dish, or appetizer, for any family gathering, dinner, or they even make for a great addition to a meat & cheese board. 

The salty and savory prosciutto is the perfect pairing with the sweet asparagus. Serve with lemon wedges for a pretty presentation or squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice over top the veggie bundles for a burst of fresh citrus flavor. 

Wrapped asparagus with meat and lemon wedges.

Ingredients Needed For Asparagus Bundles With Salty Prosciutto Slices

  1. Fresh Asparagus : One bunch of asparagus spears is what you will need to make this easy recipe. Be sure to trim the bottom ends off of each one; the ends are usually drier, darker, and have those puree-gray colored ends. Just cut off the bottom 2-inches or more as needed. 
  2. Extra Virgin Olive Oil : Helps crisp up the asparagus. I prefer using the EVOO because the flavor is so mild. Other neutral flavored oils can be used as well such as avocado oil or canola oil. 
  3. Sea Salt
  4. Ground Black Pepper
  5. Thinly Sliced Prosciutto : You can find this specialty meat in the deli area of the grocery store by the other meats and cheeses. I use an 8 ounce container of thinly sliced prosciutto when making this recipe. 
  6. Freshly Shredded Parmesan Cheese : I highly recommend getting a wedge of parmesan cheese and shredding it yourself with a box cheese grater on the finer/small side of the grater. 
  7. Fresh Lemon Zest : This is an optional garnish but the bright & fresh lemon citrus flavor adds a contrast of flavor to the salty meat.  
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How To Make It (Printable Recipe Card Below)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet (a rimmed one with sides) and line it with parchment paper. 

In a mixing bowl, toss the trimmed asparagus, 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper until the asparagus are well coated. Set the bowl aside for later. 

Cut each slice of prosciutto in half, lengthwise, on a cutting board using a knife. Lay each slice of prosciutto flat on the cutting board. Add some shredded parmesan cheese over each slice of prosciutto. 

Place a seasoned asparagus spear diagonally onto the bottom of a slice of prosciutto. Start from the bottom of the asparagus spear and roll up until the prosciutto is completely wrapped around the asparagus spear. Place it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining slices. 

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Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the prosciutto becomes crispy and slightly browned and the asparagus is tender but still has a slight bite to it. 

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Move the prosciutto wrapped asparagus to a serving platter and garnish with lemon wedges or add them onto a charcuterie board for the perfect addition. 

Proper Way To Prep Fresh Asparagus Stalks

Here is how to properly prepare the asparagus spears for this recipe. 

  • Trim the tough ends of the asparagus off, the woody ends of each asparagus spear. This will be about 2-inches of the bottom part of the spear. You will see a clear difference between the two ends. The woody ends are darker in color, thicker, and have a purple-gray color to them. Just slice off that ugly part of the asparagus spear. 
  • Wash the trimmed asparagus spears and then use paper towels to dab them dry. You want them dry so the oil actually sticks to the asparagus when mixing the seasonings in with them.
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How To Store and Reheat Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Store any leftovers in the fridge inside an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat in the air fryer for 2-4 minutes or until crispy again. I think these are best served right after making them but leftovers are still yummy. If serving guests, I definitely recommend serving them right away for the freshest taste and presentation. 

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Recipe Tips For Success

  • Use A Parmesan Cheese Wedge : For the best flavor I highly recommend buying a wedge of parmesan cheese and shredding it yourself with either a box cheese grater (on the finer smaller side) or a handheld parmesan cheese grater. 
  • Cooking Tip : Keep an eye on the asparagus and prosciutto while it’s in the oven, as cooking times may vary depending on the thickness of the asparagus and then brand of prosciutto you’re using. It’s important to avoid overcooking, as the prosciutto can become too dry and the asparagus too mushy if overcooked. 
  • Serving Suggestions : This easy asparagus recipe makes for a great side dish, a great addition to an appetizer lineup or charcuterie board, holiday dinner table spread like for Thanksgiving or Easter brunch. 
Pic of the ends of the asparagus spears.
Overhead shot the appetizer with lemon wedges on a white plate.
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Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus


Author Jessica – Together as Family
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 (2 spears each)
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus is a classic appetizer recipe that's perfect for holiday gatherings or as a side dish to dinner. Roasted asparagus spears are wrapped in thin slices of prosciutto with freshly grated parmesan cheese, and then baked in the oven until golden brown.

Ingredients
  

  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (I use 'light tasting')
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt (or kosher salt)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
  • freshly shredded parmesan cheese (from a wedge of parmesan)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400℉. Prepare a baking sheet (a rimmed one with sides) and line it with parchment paper. 
    Prep : Trim the tough ends of the asparagus off, the woody ends of each asparagus spear. This will be about 2-inches of the bottom part of the spear. Rinse in cold water to wash them and then use paper towels to dab them dry.
  • In a mixing bowl, toss the trimmed asparagus, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper until the asparagus are well coated. Set the bowl aside for later. 
    1 bunch fresh asparagus, 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, ¼ teaspoon sea salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Cut each slice of prosciutto in half, lengthwise, on a cutting board using a knife. Lay each slice of prosciutto flat on the cutting board. Add some shredded parmesan cheese over each slice of prosciutto.
    8 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, freshly shredded parmesan cheese
  • Place a seasoned asparagus spear diagonally onto the bottom of a slice of prosciutto. Start from the bottom of the asparagus spear and roll up until the prosciutto is completely wrapped around the asparagus spear. Place it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining slices. 
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the prosciutto becomes crispy and slightly browned and the asparagus is tender but still has a slight bite to it. 
  • Move the prosciutto wrapped asparagus to a serving platter and garnish with lemon wedges and/or a squeeze of fresh lemon juice (just before serving).

Notes

Asparagus Bunch : One bunch comes with about 20-22 asparagus spears. 
Prosciutto : You can find this near the fresh meat deli counter by the other speciality meats and cheeses. You need about 12 whole slices of prosciutto in the package – once cut in half, you will have enough to wrap around each asparagus spear.
Use A Parmesan Cheese Wedge : For the best flavor I highly recommend buying a wedge of parmesan cheese and shredding it yourself with either a box cheese grater (on the finer smaller side) or a handheld parmesan cheese grater. 
Cooking Tip : Keep an eye on the asparagus and prosciutto while it’s in the oven, as cooking times may vary depending on the thickness of the asparagus and then brand of prosciutto you’re using. It’s important to avoid overcooking, as the prosciutto can become too dry and the asparagus too mushy if overcooked. 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 289mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 388IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1mg

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