November 30, 2008

Can't You See These At Your Next Soiree?

Don't these look divine? Convenient ingredients, a handful of steps, great friends and a bottle of wine. As easy as pie. And less than $15.

Prosciutto Rolls with Asparagus and Arugula

Salt and black pepper
1 pound pencil-thin
asparagus, trimmed
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 bunch arugula
15 thin slices prosciutto (about 1/2 pound), each about eight inches long.

1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook asparagus until tender, about three minutes depending on thickness. Drain asparagus and shock it in ice water to stop the cooking; pat dry and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice and lemon zest; season with salt and pepper. Add arugula and asparagus spears to bowl and toss gently to coat, being careful not to break asparagus.
3. On a large cutting board or work surface, arrange three slices of prosciutto vertically and slightly overlapping to form a rectangle, about 6 by 8 inches.
4. Lay an even combination of about a quarter of the dressed asparagus and arugula horizontally across prosciutto. Tightly roll up prosciutto, jelly-roll style; cut roll on the diagonal into bite-size pieces. Repeat this process to make and cut four more rolls
Recipe and Photo Courtesy: The New York Times

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