Serrano Ham-Wrapped Roast Asparagus

Serrano Ham-Wrapped Roast AsparagusAsparagus are by far my favourite vegetable and they really don’t need much whether they’re posted or boiled they are so good. Weirdly, I steamed them before and didn’t like them at all. I don’t know what that was about, maybe a bad batch? I normally do them by roasting them in a single layer with just a drizzle of olive oil, sprinkle of sea salt flakes and course ground black pepper and about just a little finely grated garlic rubbed all over them. They’re also best friends with hollandaise sauce if you’re the kind of person who likes to take a naturally delicious and healthy vegetable and smother it in artery-clogging buttery sauce. I know I am!

Asparagus are in season from February to June, reaching their peak in April so now is the time to eat them most regularly. Though I don’t eat them seasonally. I have to have them throughout the winter too even though they were probably grown in a tunnel in Kenya and have more air-miles than I do.

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Ingredients

  • 500 g fresh asparagus
  • About 9 slices of serrano ham
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pinch of black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut the bottom inch of each asparagus stem and with a vegetable peeler, peel the remaining inch.
  2. Wrap 3 stems in each slice of ham and lay on a baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle over the oil and balsamic and sprinkle over the pepper.
  4. Roast at 200 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes and serve pouring all the tray juices over them.
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