Ham Wrapped Asparagus

Have any of that easter ham left?  Perfect.  Serve these with a poached or fried egg for breakfast or alone as a party snack.

Serving size is up to you.  This recipe is easily changed as you need one thin slice of ham for each asparagus spear.  

Ham Wrapped Asparagus Spears 

12 spears asparagus, trimmed

12 thin slices of ham, (1/2 lb at the deli counter will do it)

Lightly oil a large skillet, set over medium heat.  Wrap each asparagus spear with one thin slice of ham.  Place in skillet.  Cook 2 minutes on each side, turing frequently to avoid burning the ham.  Total cooking time should be at least 8 minutes, 10 for a  more tender spear.  

Serve with a poached egg. 

To poach an egg:  Bring a small pot of water to a boil.  Add a pinch of salt and a splash of white vinegar.  Reduce heat to just below a simmer - 200 degrees.  Crack egg into a small bowl.  

Give the water a couple stirs to establish a current.  Carefully, slip the egg into the 200 degree water.  Leave it alone for 4 minutes.  (3 minutes for a gooey egg) Remove egg from water with a slotted spoon.  Transfer to paper towel or asparagus spears.

Veggie Melt Sliders


Is everyone excited for super bowl sunday?  I don't really care about football but I do like sliders, and super bowl time is slider time around here!   Make these for your favorite vegetarian guest.  

Makes 6 sliders.

Veggie Melt Sliders

1 portobello mushroom, stem removed

1 red bell pepper, quartered lengthwise, seeded, sliced

2 oz gruyere cheese, grated

6 slider rolls (I prefer San Francisco style rolls)

Place oven rack to highest position and set broiler to lo heat.  Place mushroom and pepper slices on baking pan and broil 8 minutes.  Toss.  Bake 8 minutes more.  Remove from oven.

Layer each slider bun with broiled vegetables, generously pile on grated gruyere.  Return to oven and broil 3 minutes more.  Sandwich with top bun and secure with toothpick.  



Bacon Wrapped Dates + Olives


Serve these tasty little bites at your next party.  (Like maybe a new years eve party)  They will be a big hit.  Everything is better when it's wrapped in bacon, isn't it?

The dates are stuffed with almonds.  Add bleu cheese and you have devils on horseback.  

Bacon Wrapped Dates + Olives

12oz package of bacon (should be about 12 strips)

8 oz dried medjool dates (about 13 dates)

13 almonds (as many almonds as dates)

2 oz blue cheese (optional)

12 large green olives, pitted

Heat oven to 350.  Slice bacon strips lengthwise and set aside.  Slice each date lengthwise, remove pit and stuff with almond and the optional bleu cheese.  Wrap each stuffed date with bacon and secure with toothpick.  Wrap each olive and secure with toothpick.  

Place everything on a rimmed baking sheet and bake in oven about 30 minutes.  Flipping once for even cooking.