In the meantime I’ve been invited to a St. Patrick’s Day Party and I need to take an appetizer. I will find our trusty “500 appetizers” cookbook and begin my search.
Voila! Or Faith, and I’ve Found It!!!
Prociutto-Wrapped Asparagus with Lemon Mayo**
These sophisticated bites make and irresistible nibble with apertifs or as a more formal appetizer. You can prepare everything ahead, then simply pop them in the oven when your guests arrive.
1/2 cup mayonnaise 8 asparagus tips
Grated zest of 1 lemon 8 wafer-thin slices prosciutto, cut in strips*
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice Olive oil, for drizzling
1/2 tbsp. snipped fresh chives Ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Combine the mayonnaise, lemon zest. juice and chives in a serving dish. Cover and place in the refrigerator.
Wrap each asparagus tip in a strip of procuitto, arrange on a baking sheet, and drizzle with the oil. Sprinkle with a little black pepper and roast for 6-7 minutes, until tender.
Transfer the prociutto-wrapped asparagus to a platter and serve with the lemon mayo.
I think I’ll try some ham slices. Seems a little more “Irish.”
Happy eating on Saint Patrick’s Day.
**Picture and recipe from 500 appetizers by Susannah Blake