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It’s Spring! & Asparagus Wrapped in Ham

March 21, 2012

It’s Spring! That glorious time of year when the sun stays up longer, the weather warms, the plants awaken from their winter sleep.

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Though we had an extremely mild winter, the light & warmth of spring is so welcome.

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The yard looks awful – scattered small limbs that have fallen in recent rain storms; grass not yet growing, so bare dirt or mud. there is so much work to do it could be disheartening, but it’s not! Now I have a legitimate excuse for not doing housework! Woo Hoo! Stay all day in the yard, in the sunshine working! I love it!

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Asparagus Wrapped in Ham

This is the easiest appetizer to prepare & with both asparagus & ham plentiful this time of year, it’s a natural. Be sure to use ham slices that are nitrate/nitrite-free!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound fresh Asparagus, blanched
  • 1 package Ham Slices, cut into halves, thirds or quarters depending on size
  • Dipping Sauce, Honey Mustard Dressing or Herb Vinaigrette

Blanched Asparagus for Appetizers

  1. Trim woody stem off end of asparagus.
  2. Steam or blanch in boiling water for 2 – 3 minutes.
  3. Plunge immediately into ice water to stop cooking.
  4. Dry & chill.
  5. Wrap in ham then place on hors d’oeuvres tray with dipping sauces on the side.

Note: You can spread a bit of Boursin Herb cheese on the ham to hold the asparagus in place or not. Either way it’s delicious.

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