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So my sister is having a housewarming next week, and I’m catering it. Menu after the jump.

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1 bunch asparagus

some prosciutto

shiso leaves (1 per asparagus stalk)

white pepper

optional: lemon juice or white balsamic vinegar
1) trim asparagus to 3-4″ length (tips only; save the rest for soup or something)
2) Steam, but leave a bit of crunch; allow to cool. Alternatively, blanch very quickly in hot boiling water that has been aggressively salted; shock in an ice bath.
3) wrap in a piece of prosciutto, allowing tip to poke out
4) season with ground white pepper
5) wrap in a shiso leaf

5a) optionally sprinkle with lemon juice or balsamic vinegar
6) consume them all before any of those bastards gets their dirty paws on MY FOOD DAMMIT MINE

Should probably have said: recipe stolen from the incomparable Jayne at Jayne’s Gourmet.

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ingredients:

asparagus (as much as you need)

2tbsp butter (roughly)

1/2 c white wine (probably a gewurtztraminer to stand up to the asparagus)

1/4-1/2c parmagiano reggiano (or asiago)

dash balsamic vinegar
Toss asparagus in a non-stick pan with a little bit of butter. Don’t overcook; you want the ‘gus to remain crunchy. When almost done, pour in 1/2 cup of white wine, turn the heat up high, and cover for two minutes or so. Remove from pan, toss with a little parmesan cheese (grated) and sprinkle with balsamic vinegar.

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