“When in doubt, always remember KISS (keep it simple sweetheart)”. ~ Words of wisdom from my Mom
When asked what my cooking style is the word that immediately pops to mind is simple. Fresh ingredients and easy preparation are key when I am in the kitchen. But by no means do I settle for bland and boring!
Simple, by definition, means easy to understand and not complicated. For me, the greatest challenge when cooking is to find ways too highlight the individual tastes and textures of my ingredients. This is not always easy! Sometimes, what I think will work well together ends up a muddled mess. The flavors end up getting lost or completely overpowering the dish. Those are the moments when I am reminded that my mom knows best and I should have just kept it simple from the start!
This recipe epitomizes my version of “simple” cooking. Each ingredient has its own unique flavor and texture that blends seamlessly with the others. Broiling the asparagus lets the stalks stay crisp and juicy which compliments the salty-sweetness of the prosciutto. Adding honey is the finishing touch to caramelize and seal in the flavors of the meat. The fact that it only takes a few minutes to prepare and cook means that you spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying your food!
A couple of quick tips:
- Keep an eye on the asparagus while in the broiler. The edges will be browned and charred when you remove but you do not want them to burn.
- Make sure to keep the asparagus stalks separated while baking. If they are too close or touch, they will steam and you will loose the crispiness.
- If serving as an appetizer, be prepared to make more! They will be snapped up quickly!