Prosciutto Asparagus Spears
Guests love these prosciutto asparagus spears. They combine a perfectly crisp vegetable with depths of flavor from the herbed Boursin cheese, the spicy mustard, and the salty prosciutto for a flavor profile that is addictive.
This has been a staple recipe of mine for some time. The flavor profile is spot-on and delicious in terms of hitting all of the notes one would wish for in an appetizer. Yet what I truly love about these spears is that they are so versatile in terms of how you can serve them.
They are one of our favorite boating foods. Toss them into an air-tight container and set them in the cooler alongside your ice packs and drinks. When you’re ready to serve, pass the container around. Make lots of these because they will disappear fast—at least two, if not three, per person.
Prosciutto Asparagus Spears
- 30 asparagus stalks medium-thin
- 4 ounces Boursin cheese softened
- 1/4 pound prosciutto thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup honey mustard
- Trim the asparagus stalks so that the spears are equal in length - about 5 inches long.30 asparagus stalks
- Bring 1 1/2 inches of salted water to a boil in the asparagus pot and cook the asparagus until they are crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Drain in a colander.
- In a small bowl, mash the Boursin with a fork until it is smooth.4 ounces Boursin cheese
- Cut one slice of prosciutto lengthwise into 1-inch strips. Spread (or pipe) Boursin equally onto each strip, topping with 1/2 teaspoon of mustard. The goal is to have each bite taste each of the ingredients equally.1/4 pound prosciutto, 1/4 cup honey mustard
- Wrap each strip in a spiral around an asparagus spear, trimming any excess. Repeat the process with the remaining spears and ingredients.
De Froid Tip: Sauces and Condiments
Sauces and condiments are an easy yet powerful way to add depth to your dishes and presentations. The Prosciutto Asparagus Spear recipe above would not have the depth of flavor if you left out the Dijon mustard, just as these bacon-wrapped carrots would not be as delicious without the maple syrup.
Adding dipping sauce to the shot glass allows your guests to have an interactive experience with the beautifully caramelized bacon-wrapped carrot by dipping it into the syrup, bite by bite.
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