Talk about an easy appetizer. These little bundles of yum take almost no time to make. Waiting for the grill to heat up is the most time-consuming part! If you are looking for a way to fill out your grilling menu with something slightly unique, these are perfect. Proscuitto has been my most recent victory in finding a less-than-mainstream ingredient at the grocery store. I have searched for so long, and finally thought to look in a case near the deli – sure enough, there it was. Hooray!
If you have had proscuitto before, you know it is salty! Because of this, I think it’s best to use multiple spears of asparagus rather than wrapping single spears individually to help cut some of the salt. And I think it goes without saying, but you definitely do not need any added salt when seasoning these. Just some black pepper and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar will do. Depending on the thickness of the asparagus spears available to you, you may want to use more or less in a bundle. I could only find skinny asparagus so I used about 5-6 spears in each, but for regular thick spears, I would probably go with 3 per bundle. I have seen this appetizer many times before, so I used no real source when preparing this dish but just sort of winged it on my own!
Grilled Proscuitto Wrapped Asparagus Bundles
1 bunch of asparagus, thick or thin
1 package of thinly sliced proscuitto
Freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the grill or a grill pan to medium-high heat, and oil the grate. Wash, dry and trim asparagus spears. Lay out one piece of proscuitto on a work surface. Bundle a few spears of asparagus together near one end of the proscuitto, and wrap them up tightly with the meat. Lay seam side down on a plate. Repeat with remaining asparagus and proscuitto. Brush the bundles lightly with olive oil. Drizzle with a few splashes of balsamic vinegar. Season with freshly ground pepper to taste.
Transfer the bundles to the heated grill, seam side down, and cook until nice grill marks have formed. Flip gently with tongs, and repeat on the second side. Cook until the asparagus has reached your desired doneness, testing it with a fork. Remove from the grill, transfer to a platter, and serve.
Source: Annie’s Eats