I’ve been missing my blog! We’ve been busy visiting Mexico, hosting visitors, working and waiting for the snow to melt. Here’s a tasty and easy appetizer I made this morning that was inspired by Elsa’s Ham and Asparagus Toasts by Rachael Ray with a few tweaks– I used deli slices of prosciutto and Swiss cheese instead of ground ham and fontina, less butter and smaller slices of bread. These tweaks made the assembly easier, less expensive and more appealing, I think. It is easy to leave the prosciutto off of as many slices as desired to make this appetizer friendly to vegetarians.
- 1/2 pound thin asparagus spears
- 1 baguette, cut into 3/4-inch slices
- 2 tablespoons of butter, melted
- 2.5 tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard
- 12 slices of Swiss cheese from the deli, halved
- 1/4-1/2 pound of thinly sliced prosciutto from the deli
1. Snap the woody ends off of skinny spring asparagus and steam for 2.5 minutes in salted, boiling water, then run the asparagus under cold water to stop the cooking.
2. Slice a baguette into 3/4 inch slices. Arrange the slices on a sheet pan, and toast the slices 6 inches below the broiler in the oven a minute or two.
3. Mix 2 tablespoons melted butter with 2.5 tablespoons of grainy Dijon mustard and brush over the toasted bread.
4. Top each slice with a pile of prosciutto, a halved sprig of asparagus and a half slice of Swiss cheese.
5. Return the sheet pan to the broiler and watch carefully. Remove when cheese is melted. Season with ground black pepper and serve on a platter.
I brought the platter to my family’s weekly Saturday morning coffee gathering, and came home with an empty platter. Success!