This is an ideal canapé to have with pre-dinner drinks, or perhaps to hand around as part of a canapé selection at a Christmas drinks party. These delightful little morsels are absolutely lovely, ideally accompanied by a rather pleasant glass of fizz.
What you need…
One flat baking tin, greased with olive oil
20 x asparagus spears, trimmed
10 slices prosciutto di parma
Sea salt and black Pepper
Parmesan cheese, grated
What to do…
Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and drop the asparagus in. Cook in the boiling water for 2 minutes.
Drain and and refresh in cold water. Drain again and cool to the point that they are easy to handle.
Lay out one slice of Parma ham. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and Parmesan and then cut in half lengthways.
Using one ‘half slice’ of Parma ham, place two asparagus spears at one end and roll up so the Parma ham is the wrapping around your asparagus. Place on your baking tin.
Repeat until all the asparagus spears and Parma ham have been used up.
You can now leave them in the fridge for a couple of hours, enabling you to go and get ready for your guests.
When ready, pop the baking tin in the oven preheated to 200°c / 400°f / Gas 6 for 4-5 minutes and then serve. Absolutely delightful!
I can’t quite remember – lots of people seemed to have included a version of this in their cookbooks but I think that Delia Smith was the original inspiration – she uses hard cheese rather than grated.
Really, really easy and your Roast Asparagus in Parma Ham Parcels can be prepared ahead of time – bonus!