Many of the appetizers that I’ve featured throughout January have been geared toward casual gatherings. I figured it was time to share something a bit more sophisticated – of course, this doesn’t mean labor intensive! These bites make an irresistible nibble with aperitifs or on their own as a more formal appetizer. I like that you can prepare everything ahead of time, then simply pop them in the oven when your guests arrive.
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- grated zest of 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 tablespoon snipped fresh chives
- 8 asparagus tips
- 8 wafer-thin slices prosciutto, cut into strips
- olive oil, for drizzling
- ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Combine the mayonnaise, lemon zest, juice and chives in a serving dish. Cover and place in the refrigerator.
Wrap each asparagus tip in a strip of prosciutto, arrange on a baking sheet and drizzle with the oil. Sprinkle with a little black pepper and roast for 6 to 7 minutes, until tender.
Transfer the prosciutto-wrapped asparagus to a platter and serve with the lemon mayo.
original recipe found here