Cold Asparagus with Prosciutto and Lemon

Posted by on May 11, 2015

It is springtime and fresh, local asparagus is everywhere. This is one of the first veggies to come around each year. I usually give it a full boil, then drizzle it with fresh Hollandaise sauce, but we wanted to try something new.

This was deliciously simple and simply delicious!

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Get a pot of water up to a rapid boil and add the asparagus to boil for 3 minutes. Immediately dunk the asparagus into a bowl of ice water to stop it from cooking any further.

Wrap a few stalks of asparagus with a slice of prosciutto and squeeze a little lemon over the wrapped bundles. That is it!

For aesthetics, I cut slices of lemon, then cut the slices from center through one edge and gave it a little twist to fit over the bundles.

The prosciutto adds a salty taste while the lemon adds some tanginess and the ‘green’ flavor of the fresh asparagus is an excellent backdrop for those flavors to come together.

Does asparagus store well in the fridge? Try cutting the bottoms off and place them into a vase with water covering the bottoms (like cut flowers). Without refrigeration, they keep longer and stay fresher. Just be sure to change the water a few times each day so it does not start to grow a nasty film on everything. This allows the stalks to stay juicy, plump, and fresher longer.

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