"Tender asparagus spears are rolled in prosciutto and cheese, and topped with a crunchy breadcrumb and grated cheese crust. I recommend using pencil-thin asparagus." — JLSOUKA
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fresh green asparagus spears, trimmed
5 (1/2 ounce) slices
ground black pepper to taste
Italian-style dried bread crumbs
grated Parmesan cheese
This recipe is very good, but doesn't travel so well. If you are taking it to a dinner, you may want to prepare everything ahead but add bread crumbs and bake at your destination. Otherwise, the dish can come out a little dry if left to sit. The bread crumbs can absorb much of the moisture; however, the flavor is great! I will be making this again.
My Italian mother and I loved it -- my Irish husband did not. The prosciutto and
swiss are strong flavors to blend together. Also, blanch the asparagus well if you
don't like it crisp (it doesn't cook much in the oven). We had it for a second course,
but it would work as an appetizer on its own. Not as a side dish, though.
I didn't have prosciutto, so I used honey ham from the deli - it was excellent!! Elaine
I always follow a recipe exactly the first time out, as I did here. I received several compliments for the dish, but had plenty left over. Next time, I think I'll just blanch the asparagus and then let it do its cooking in the oven, wrapped in bacon instead of proscuitti and maybe using boursin instead of the swiss cheese. It really needs to be kicked up a notch. I think I'll leave off the bread crumbs too ... as they didn't add anything.
I think this is a great side dish to serve with a simple main course like a beef tenderloin or grilled pork chops. The first time I made this I had extra prosciutto so I used two slices per bundle. Way too salty. The second time I followed the recipe exactly except to cut down on the parmesan and it way great.
Since I do not eat beef/pork I make Asparagus Rolantina by substituting ham with smoked turkey slices I buy in Costco. This attractive dish makes a wonderful impression on everyone to whom I serve it. It is easy, nutritious and attractive.
My husband gave this 5 stars. He kept stating that it was "awesome asparagus". He loves asparagus, but felt this was extra good. I found it to be good, but very rich. As usual, I altered the recipe slightly. I used much less melted butter and didn't have prosciutto available to me locally. I substitued smoked turkey. I served this as a main dish with a tossed salad and crusty bread. It was a simple dinner for just my husband and I. By reducing the butter and using smoked turkey, I cut the fat of the recipe. This was a plus for us, as we are trying to lighten up our meals.
Very good. I used sliced ham and steamed the asparagus instead of boiling. Also used a half-slice of cheese but next time will use the whole slice. Not sure about the proportions...I thought the crumbs were maybe a bit too heavy (one-fourth cup per serving). And if you use 3-4 pencil-thin spears of asparagus, for a total of 12-16, not sure that would be a full pound. But whatever, the recipe is easy and looks impressive and tastes very good.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 266
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