This dish will surely impress your family or friends with the presentation and decadent flavors! And you may be surprised at how EASY this healthy, paleo, low-carb dish is to make. Great as a side or appetizer! (or snack…?) Yum!
My dorky self loved photographing the fresh figs! And if you haven’t tried a fig before, the flavor is NOT like a Fig Newton, I can assure you. They are light, subtly sweet with a floral note. Reminds me of a light pear. Look at those beauties!…
Serves 4 (5 stalks each)
If you plan on making this for a larger group of people, you may need to double or triple the recipe.
4 oz. prosciutto
20 stalks of asparagus (medium-thickness)
1 Tbsp melted butter
4 fresh figs
dash of garlic powder
2 Tbsp parmesan cheese – shredded
Chocolate Balsamic and Fig Vinaigrette to drizzle*
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Wash asparagus and cut off bottom ends.
Lay asparagus on a foil-lined cooking sheet, coat with melted butter and sprinkle with garlic powder. (Do not add salt, the prosciutto is already salty!)
Carefully, take a single sheet of prosciutto and wrap it around an asparagus stalk, starting at the base of the asparagus crown.
Sprinkle wrapped asparagus with parmesan (optional).
Bake in oven from 8-15 minutes, or until asparagus and prosciutto begin to darken. The longer you wait, the crispier it will be! Depending on your preference, check the oven around 8 minutes, and see if it is crispy enough for your liking. While you wait, you can prepare the figs and dressing.
Serve asparagus on a platter with fresh figs, cut in quarters. Drizzle with chocolate balsamic vinaigrette.
For the dressing you can either purchase your favorite chocolate balsamic vinegar, or you can make your own. It may not be the same as an expensive bottle of the aged vinegar, but it will still be delicious. And since it is only being used lightly as a drizzle for this dish, whipping up a small batch should be quick and easy:
2 T dark chocolate of your choice
2 T balsamic vinegar
2 T olive oil
1/2 tsp raw local honey
dash of salt and pepper
Melt chocolate in the microwave using a microwave-safe dish. Stir until smooth. Add in the vinegar, oil, honey, salt and pepper. If the honey won’t stir in, you may need to heat it up some more.
Stir well and drizzle lightly over asparagus and figs.