Appetiser Recipes: Asparagus and Prosciutto Bites with Reduced Balsamic

Asparagus Prosciutto Bites Recipe from cleanskins.comWhen asparagus are in season, make the most of them! These are nice easy appetisers to go with a glass or two of white wine, such as the vibrant  and fruity Barossa Valley 2009 Riesling. Or  See our suggested wine matches.

Ingredients: 
- 3 bunches of asparagus (not too thick)
- 12 slices of prosciutto or Parma ham
- 200ml (7oz) quality balsamic vinegar

Method:

  1. Place the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan and place over low heat.
  2. Leave the saucepan over the low flame until it has been reduced by 2/3rds, remove and allow to cool.
  3. Trim the woody bases off the asparagus spears.
  4. Cut the remaining spears into 3 pieces (leaving the flower end slightly longer than the other 2).
  5. Fill a pot or large bowl with ice cubes and top with water.
  6. In a pot of salted boiling water, blanche the asparagus bits until vibrant and green (less than 1 minute).
  7. Strain and plunge them immediately into ice water, allow to cool.
  8. Cut the slices of prosciutto in half down the length (or the equivalent width of a belt around the asparagus bits).
  9. Arrange one flowery bit of asparagus and two stem pieces on a slice of prosciutto and roll until it has gone around 1 or 2 times and cut of the excess.
  10. Repeat this rolling process until all the asparagus bits have been used.
  11. Arrange all the asparagus bundles on a serving platter and gently spoon a little of the reduced balsamic on each one immediately before serving.

 

Our Favourite Wine Match:

We chose our Barossa Valley 2009 Riesling, for its ripe, zesty fruit aromas, which follow through onto the palate with fresh lime flavours and tangy acidity, and a crisp dry finish. The perfect foil to the crisp, sweet and salty combo of Asparagus and Prosciutto Bites with Reduced Balsamic.