A perfectly simple, healthy recipe, for low-carb prosciutto-wrapped asparagus. It is the perfect dish to entertain guests this holiday season.
This simple and tasty low-carb recipe can be made with only 5 ingredients and is the perfect side dish for chicken, beef, and BBQs.
Do You Need To Cook Prosciutto?
No you don't need to cook prosciutto.
Prosciutto is Italian raw cured ham (made from the hind leg of a pig).
Prosciutto is an uncooked but cured meat, designed to be eaten raw.
You can however cook prosciutto if you desire, but it is not necessary. In this low-carb prosciutto wrapped asparagus recipe, we cook the prosciutto to ensure the cheese and almond flour crust is crispy.
It can be served in thin slices as an hors d'oeuvre, can be added to recipes for flavour, wrap chicken and baked for a crispy crust, and even rolled up with vegetables and cream cheese to make keto sushi.
How Do You Know When Asparagus Is Cooked?
Asparagus will be bright green and still firm, but not soft or bendy.
Remove one asparagus stalk once you can see the colour begin to change. Asparagus doesn't take long to steam/grill/boil/fry. You want the asparagus to remain slightly crunchy, but not raw, in the middle.
Method (4 eays steps)
A full platter would look beautiful to take to friends. And for a luxurious breakfast, dip in soft boiled eggs instead of toasted soldiers.
Many prosciutto-wrapped asparagus recipes are difficult because you need to get the balance right between crisping the prosciutto and not overcooking the asparagus.
This simple recipe avoids any tricky problems by baking it under a cheese and ground almond mix. Any cheese will be suitable as long as it has a strong, yet gentle flavour.
Step 1 - Part cook the asparagus
After preparing the asparagus, partly cook until soft, but a little crunch remains in the centre.
Step 2 - Assemble the asparagus and prosciutto
Place the asparagus on the prosciutto slice.
Mix the cheese and almond flour/meal, get ready to sprinkle over the asparagus.
Step 3 - Wrap the asparagus
With the parmesan and almond mix inside, roll up and place in a baking dish.
Step 4 - Bake
Sprinkle the remaining cheese mixture over the top, bake as per recipe. These can be baked OR cooked on the BBQ in a baking dish covered with foil.
This is the easy step AND can be done in advance - they can be prepared, ready to cook once guests arrive OR cook them before guests arrive and have a platter ready to go.
What Are The Best Low-Carb And Keto Side Dishes?
This dish will even please the most ardent carb-lover! No one will notice it is grain free, gluten free, and low-carb.
Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus is the ideal dish to take to a party, you will have a low-carb option so you don't feel left out. Other low-carb party platter options are:
- Kale pesto with Fat Head crackers
- Pepperoni bites
- Curried deviled eggs
- Fat Head sausage rolls
- Paleo calamari rings
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Low-carb prosciutto wrapped asparagus
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- Remove the bottom inch from the asparagus spears then place into a large saucepan. Add enough boiling water to just cover the asparagus, bring to the boil for 2 minutes. You want the asparagus to remain slightly crunchy, but not raw, in the middle. Remove from the heat and drain.
- Place each prosciutto slice on a chopping board and place 2 cooked asparagus spears diagonally on top.
- Mix the parmesan and almond meal/flour in a small cup.
Sprinkle a little of the parmesan/almond mixture across the asparagus, drizzle with a little cream, then roll up.Place each one in the baking dish.
- Sprinkle the remaining parmesan/almond mix over the top.Bake at 180C/350F for 15 minutes, or until golden and the cheese has melted.