Thursday, April 7, 2011

Grilled Asparagus Wrapped with Prosciutto

These Grilled Asparagus Wrapped with Prosciutto Rolls are always a hit, and super simple to make.

I saw these made on a Food Network show a long time ago and have been making them ever since.

I'm pretty sure it was Giada De Laurentis who made them, because I remember how delicately she handled the ingredients, but it's been awhile, so I'm not sure.

I keep forgetting my memory isn't as good as it used to be.

If you're feeding vegetarians, you can substitute a piece of raw collard green for the prosciutto.

I bought everything at Trader Joe's.


1 package prosciutto
1 package fresh basil
1 package shredded carrots
2 packages asparagus

balsamic vinegar

Wash the asparagus and break off the tough ends, they'll snap right off.

Drizzle a little bit of olive oil on the asparagus.

You only need a little bit--then roll them a bit to coat the other sides.

Next, sprinkle a little kosher salt, then some freshly cracked pepper on the spears.

Grill them on medium heat, about 2 minutes on each side.

You can also roast them in the oven until they just begin to wilt.

The asparagus should still be crisp.

Wash and dry the basil.

I like this balsamic vinegar.

It's really smooth, not real sour.

To make the rolls, take a piece of prosciutto and place a couple of basil leaves at one end.

You can actually half the prosciutto. If you're making it for a party, it will go a longer way if you half them.

Then add an asparagus spear.

A bit of grated carrots.

Then a few drops of the balsamic vinegar.

A little bit goes a long way taste-wise.

Add another leaf or two of basil.

If you're making a whole bunch of them, just one leaf will do fine.

I love basil, so I like to add more than one, but one tastes good.

Then, roll them up.

That's it, you're done!

So simple!

They make great appetizers or a fun vegetable side dish.

Bon appetite!


This is my nephew Wes.

He works for Honda, but he's also a photographer.

He's been very instrumental in my photography education, sharing his books and knowledge with me and always being available to answer my questions and help me with editing.

Love you, Wes!

As you can see, Wes is a lot of fun.

BIG fun!

Whenever we have family dinners, I like to sit next to Wes.

You're guaranteed a good time if you're sitting next to Wes.

Except when he's wearing that shirt.

Wes loves fishing.

He's good at it, too.

But lately, it seems like he's been taking more photos of fishing than actually fishing.

Cars are another of Wesley's passions.

He's famous on the Drifting circuit.

This is Connie.

Wes and Connie are getting married this summer.

Congratulations and Best Wishes, 

Wes and Connie!

I know their lives will be filled with lots of laughter.

And love.

Seems like only yesterday Wes was this little guy...

Mr. Mischief

No printable recipe for this one yet.


  1. Yummy. I'm going to make this appetizer.

    Congratulations to Wes and Connie!