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Steamed Asparagus with Parma Ham and Pears

This is a very simple appetizer to make and all you need is asparagus and Parma ham, as well as some canned pear halves (which you can halve again to make quarters) for a garnish. The reasoning behind the pears is that the Parma ham is quite salty and the asparagus is savory, so the sweetness of pears will break it up a bit. If you do not want to serve pears with your asparagus appetizer, that is also fine.

The asparagus is wrapped in the Parma ham after it is cooked but if you wanted to cook the asparagus in the Parma ham, so it goes crispy, you can wrap it around the asparagus before cooking. You will not be able to steam it with the ham wrapped around it, so bake it instead for a few minutes in a hot oven. . If you do not have a steamer, you can use a colander over a saucepan instead. Do not let a shortage of kitchen equipment stop you from making this delicious and easy asparagus recipe!

This dish makes a delicious appetizer. It is light enough not to fill your dinner guests up before the entree arrives, yet satisfying enough to make a great impression. Fresh asparagus has to be one of the best vegetables to use in cooking. It is simple to prepare and cook and the flavor is unique. In addition to all that, asparagus is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, making it one of the most desirable vegetables ever. Combined with Parma ham, asparagus gives you a simple yet special appetizer, which is sure to go down a storm with your guests.

Simple Parma Ham and Asparagus Appetizer
Summary: Asparagus, Parma ham and pear combine to make these unusual appetizers. You can enjoy the combination of saltiness, sweetness and the typical asparagus taste. These are elegant appetizers.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Asparagus Appetizer
Serves: 3
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  • 12 slices Parma ham
  • 12 spears fresh green asparagus
  • 6 canned pear quarters
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  1. Hold each asparagus spear at the bottom and bend it. The woody end will snap off.
  2. Alternatively you can use a sharp knife to trim off the first two inches. Discard these ends.
  3. Bring a couple of inches of water to a boil in your steamer.
  4. Put the trimmed asparagus in the steamer and season it with salt.
  5. Steam it for 5 minutes or until it is tender.
  6. Wrap each asparagus spear with some Parma ham.
  7. Arrange the pear quarters on the side and sprinkle some black pepper over them.
  8. Serve while the asparagus is still warm.

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You can see from the photo how colorful and appealing this recipe is. This gourmet dish is also deliciously simple to put together. All you need to do is steam the asparagus, wrap it in Parma ham, and open a can of pears! Easy appetizer recipes are also sought after, especially if most of your focus is going to the entree and you want an easy appetizer idea. The sweetness of the juicy pears and saltiness of the Parma ham gives a wonderful contrast and this is a great recipe to make with asparagus.

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