Asparagus Spears wrapped in Prosciutto

Spring has sprung! And although the weather of the last weeks of Winter was milder than the first days of Spring so far, we’re all ready to force it. Everywhere you look there are signs that we’re ready for Winter to be done … Bring on the Spring!

Spring is the perfect time to invite friends to brunch or a cocktail party. Both allow for the work to be done ahead of time, so you can enjoy your guests and not be stuck in the kitchen (as opposed to major sit-down dinners, where you are more concerned with schedule and getting things to the table hot, than you are with enjoying yourself and the company of your friends and family).

With a little planning you can choose foods that can be made up a day or two before the extravaganza, rather than just heated up the day of. As brunches and cocktail parties both seem to be hour-long noshes, it’s a good idea to choose foods that are just as good hot or at room temperature.

Also, as is the case with hour-long noshes, make sure you have healthy nibbles along the way. A tray of crudité, a bowl of smokehouse almonds, for example, will curb your appetite, without you going back for seconds and thirds or more fattening foods.

Asparagus Spears Wrapped in Prosciutto

16 asparagus spears
8 very thin slices prosciutto
1 tub low-fat garlic and herb cheese (like Alouette brand)

Rinse asparagus spears well and place asparagus spears in plastic bag. Microwave for 2-3 minutes, until crisp-tender. While asparagus are blanching, cut prosciutto slices in half lengthwise. Spread 1 prosciutto slice with a small amount of cheese and wrap around an asparagus spear. Repeat with other asparagus. May be stored at this point for up to a day.

Preheat oven to 350°. Bake asparagus for 20 minutes.

This recipe is very adaptable; if you have something going in the oven at a different temperature, just adjust your time—shorter time for a hotter oven, longer time for a cooler oven.

Eat Well, Live Well, Be Well!

Katie Habit of in home cooking Personal Chef Service ( prepares high-protein, low-fat meals for you to enjoy in your own home at the end of a long day.

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