Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Brie , Parma Ham Crostini & Asparagus

Preparation time: 25 minutes                Servings: 12

They almost look too good to eat, until you taste one and your better judgment gets the best of you. These appetizers are simple to make, but the delicate asparagus spears and distinct flavors of prosciutto and brie tell your guests a story of a detail-obsessed host. 
I want to share with you one of the treats for guests dropping  in during  the  holiday season  and  they will think  you spent  all day preparing   these   little  delicious  appetizers.

12          fresh asparagus spears 
2           tablespoons olive oil, divided 
1/8        teaspoon  salt 
1/8        teaspoon pepper 
12         slices French bread baguette (1/2 in. thick) 
3           thin slices prosciutto (Parma ham) or deli ham, cut into thin strips 
6           ounces  Brie cheese, cut into 12 slices 

Cooking Directions:
1 .        Cut asparagus tips into 2-inch lengths. (Discard stalks or save for another use.) Place asparagus tips in a 15x10x1-inch x 1-inch baking pan lined with foil. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 425°F for 10 to 15 minutes or until crisp-tender. 
2 .        Brush baguette slices on both sides with remaining oil. Place on a baking sheet. Broil for 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until toasted.
3 .       Top each slice with asparagus, prosciutto and cheese. Broil 3 to 4 inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.
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