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Asparagus & Prosciutto Roll-Ups

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This is a simple favorite that will be an instant hit wherever you take it! This recipe is great because it only has three ingredients, but looks sophisticated. Even the most timid cooks can do it. I have taken it to our neighborhood girls night party because this pairs really, really well with a big glass of red wine! I also took it to my sister’s house for Christmas dinner, and it was gobbled up quickly.

Ingredients

30 stalks of asparagus (I prefer them on the skinny side)

10 thin slices of prosciutto (room temperature)

2 Tbsp. of grated Parmesan cheese

Preparation

  1. Blanch the asparagus in boiling water for 1 minute, then transfer to an ice water bath. It should be bright green, but still firm.
  2. Remove and pat dry.
  3. Slice the prosciutto into thirds, lengthwise. You want long, skinny strips.
  4. Wrap each stalk of asparagus, in a spiral fashion, with a strip of prosciutto. Wrap from the base of the stalk to just below the flowery tip.
  5. Repeat until each stalk is wrapped.
  6. Line up the wrapped stalks on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and bake at 350 degrees about 10 minutes or until the prosciutto looks a bit crispy.
  7. Remove from the oven and transfer to a platter.
  8. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese & serve.

Enjoy!

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Lemon Lavender Asparagus

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On most days I will agree with my husband that Target is a trap. While I love to wander the bright clean aisles, convincing myself that I need everything I see, I have often found myself wondering exactly how I could have spent $100 in 10 minutes, when I only came for one small item, like Band-Aids. But, Oh! How I love a productive trip to Target.

As I was walking through the grocery section, assessing my “needs”, I stumbled upon a pretty jar of lavender.

Whoa! They actually sell this at Target?

Ohhh!! It looked so pretty. I had to have it. This was not a “want”. It was a NEED!

So I tossed the pretty bottle into my cart of “essential things I have to have” (aka– $100 of stuff that I didn’t need before I walked in to the store) and off I went to figure out just what you do with a jar of culinary lavender.

I have to admit that I intended to use it in a martini or infuse it into something, but then I had a moment of creativity and it totally worked. I sprinkled it onto my asparagus and what a beautiful thing that was.

While my husband may roll his eyes at me and grumble about all of the “crap” (It is so not crap!) that I come home with, this time I am going to celebrate a victory. Just this once, I actually used an impulse buy, and it was worth the money spent. I highly encourage you to follow suit, give into the impulse, and invest in a jar of lavender for yourself.

Lemon Lavender Asparagus

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 2-3 Tbsp. of olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. of lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp. of lavender

 

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 425˚.

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Wash asparagus well, and pat dry.

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Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and spread asparagus evenly.

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Drizzle with olive oil.

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Sprinkle with zest and lavender.

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Roast in the oven for about 20 minutes, until tender. (Cooking time may vary based on the thickness of the asparagus)

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This may be served hot, or at room temperature.

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