Normally I make asparagus bundles with prosciutto, but I ordered some prosciutto-like ham from Kentucky and thought that it would be perfect for a Derby Day vegetable dish to go with our fish.
The ham is a little smokier tasting than prosciutto and with a little squeeze of grilled lemon over the bundles, very nice change of flavor. —ibbeachnana
What You'll Need
Thin asparagus spears enough for 4 servings about 12 ounces, divided into 4 bundles
Very thin slices of country ham
Salt, pepper and a little minced fresh thyme
Lemon wedges drizzled with a little olive oil
Blanch the asparagus for a couple of minutes and shock in ice water, drain and then dry on paper towels. Wrap the bundles with country ham slices. Spritz bundles with EVOO and season.
You can heat up your range grill, outdoor grill, or in my case I used the Cuisinart Griddler as I wasn't going to grill just 4 lonely bundles on a huge grill and I probably would have lost most of the lemon wedges through the grates. Add the prepared bundles and lemon wedges to the grill surface, look for good grill marks, turn and grill the other side, plate and serve with lemon wedges and shaved Parmesan.