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Parmesan-Coated Asparagus Wrapped In Prosciutto

Parmesan-Coated Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto - Not your typical version of this classic appetizer!

Today’s Parmesan-Coated Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto is NOT your typical recipe for this popular, classic appetizer!

Oh no.  Our version takes things up a several notches in flavor because we’ve marinated the asparagus in a mixture of fresh lemon and garlic before rolling the stalks in freshly grated Parmesan cheese – all before wrapping the asparagus in wonderful, salty prosciutto!  Finally, we grilled the Parmesan-coated asparagus wrapped in prosciutto – which adds even more fantastic flavor!

Parmesan-Coated Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto - Not your typical version of this classic appetizer!

Anytime we make this delicious (and easy!) recipe, it’s one of the first to get eaten and our guests always ask for the recipe – because they can tell we’ve done something a little different than the same ol’ way to prepare this appetizer!  (I myself, would be perfectly content eating an entire plateful of these delicious asparagus stalks myself – forget the other food!)

This recipe – with all of its wonderful salty, zesty flavors – makes a great appetizer for a summer party, but it’s also easy enough that you can serve it any day of the week!  To get the full flavor of all the ingredients, the asparagus should marinate for one to six hours before being coated in the Parmesan cheese and wrapped in the prosciutto.

Parmesan-Coated Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto
Serves: Approximately 24 stalks
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  • One large bunch of thick asparagus (try to avoid bunches with very slender stalks)
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup fresh oregano
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 24 slices good quality prosciutto, sliced thin but not see-through thin
  1. Snap off a few inches of the bottom, woody ends of the stalks and place the asparagus in a gallon zipper seal bag.
  2. In a small food processor (like this one here), blend oil, lemon zest, garlic and oregano until an oily paste forms. Pour this mixture in the bag with the asparagus and seal. Marinate for one to six hours at room temperature. Turn bag a few times so all of the asparagus get coated.
  3. Heat grill to medium
  4. In a pie plate or dinner plate, pour out Parmesan cheese. Pick one asparagus at a time out of the marinade and roll in the cheese, pressing the cheese to stick. Then roll in a slice of prosciutto. Roll on a slight angle so the single slice wraps from one end to the other with the end and tip poking out. Repeat for all of the asparagus.
  5. Place on grill seam side down and grill 5-10 minutes turning slightly every few minutes until golden brown and cooked (but still a bit crisp so try not to overcook).
  6. Serve immediately.

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  1. I’m Italian so prosciutto and I are best friends LOL! Parmesan is always one of my fave’s in most recipes! Love wrapping asparagus like this, makes my kiddies eat it for sure!
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  2. This sounds fabulous! I’ve had asparagus wrapped in prosciutto and there wasn’t anything special about it. But your recipe does take it up a notch! Love it!
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  3. I could nosh on those all day long!
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  4. It’s not even 8am here but I want this right now!!

  5. I love the flavor that the prosciutto lends to asparagus. Great recipe.
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  6. Great in season ingredient. I just used asparagus in a frittata the other night.

  7. Ginny McMeans :

    These wound make a meal seem elegant. Thanks!

  8. Do you think pancetta would work instead of prosciutto?

    • Hi MaryAnn – We’ve never tried it with pancetta – you want paper-thin, long slices to wrap around the asparagus multiple times in this recipe – so prosciutto really is better suited for this recipe. Typically pancetta is sliced in round circles – but if you can get it sliced super thin and lengthwise, it might work. If you try it, please let us know how it comes out!

      • Hiya again, I made your recipe as written with the prosciutto and it was fabulous! Will definitely be making this again! 🙂 If I make it with the pancetta, I will check back with a report. Thanks!

  9. Oh this sounds wayy too good! I have to try this! PS: photos are gorgeous (pinning)!
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  10. I’ve pinned so many of your recipes, one day I’m just gonna show up for dinner! Lol…

    • LOL – thanks Glenn! We’ve had a few other readers telling us the same thing…you might find a line waiting at our front door! 🙂 Thanks so much for taking the time to write to us!

  11. I had bacon wrapped asparagus but not prosciutto wrapped – grand idea! I will try this recipe for sure. Already drooling all over my keyboard 🙂
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  12. YUM, perfect for summer! 🙂
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  13. Whoa. These look impressive! A little squirt of lemon vinaigrette with a sprinkling of culinary lavender and I’d serve these at a picnic-inspired dinner!
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  14. These sound delicious but I don’t have access to a grill. Do you think roasting them in the oven would work okay too?


  16. Hi!, what if i can’t grill it? What’s the best way to do this otherwise? Oven or Pan?
    Thank you! So excited to make this!