January 29, 2008
I love grilled asparagus. They are really simple to make and they taste delicious, and by grilling them you are able to get their full flavor without losing any crispiness, and you can't get that by simply boiling them. And prosciutto wrapped asparagus is definitely one of the best ways to taste both prosciutto and asparagus, because of the buttery prosciutto heavenly melting in your mouth just in every bite of each asparagus. And that's exactly what we will use to top my grilled asparagus pizza.
Pizza dough (for one 15" pizza use half of one of these recipes)
1 cup of grated parmesan cheese
8 asparagus stalks
8 slices of prosciutto
8 cherry tomatoes, sliced
As always, once you're done with the pizza dough, stretch it on the pizza pan. Cut the tomatoes into about 1/4-inch-thick slices and toss them on top of your dough. Add the parmesan cheese, some olive oil, salt and freshly ground pepper. Cook until the crust turns golden brown (about 25 minutes in a 450°F preheated oven). While you're cooking the pizza, clean the asparagus, chopping off their ends. Marinate with olive oil, salt and pepper for a couple of minutes. Set your grill at medium heat and grill the asparagus for about 5 minutes. I used my panini grill, so it wasn't necessary to grill each side. And, if you don't have a grill, just put the asparagus on a baking dish in the oven for 15 minutes. When the asparagus are ready, let them cool for a couple of minutes and then wrap them using one slice of prosciutto for each asparagus stalk, taking care to not cover the tips. When your pizza is golden brown, take it out of the oven, put the asparagus on top and add just a touch of olive oil before serving.
Tip: Prosciutto wrapped asparagus are not only a wonderful pizza topping but a great starter and a great side dish too!