Easy Ham and Asparagus Roll-Ups

Jeanne Pence


Spargel mit Schinken is one of my husband's favorite German appetizers to prepare, tender asparagus is wrapped in prosciutto ham that has first been spread with seasoned cream cheese. These are always the first snacks to disappear when we entertain, and a favorite of guests!

Any leftover prosciutto is also great wrapped around spears of fresh cantaloupe, so we usually buy a little extra to make some of those to serve alongside.

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8-12 people


20 Min


5 Min


fresh asparagus spears, trimmed to width of ham slices
8 oz pkg
cream cheese, room temperature
2 tsp
prepared horseradish, to taste
1/2-1 tsp
sugar, to taste
1/4 tsp
dried dill weed
1 pinch
salt and pepper
15 slice
good quality prosciutto ham

Directions Step-By-Step

Wash and trim asparagus spears - save bottoms for another use if not too woody. Blanch briefly 2 min in boiling salted water and remove stalks to bowl of ice water to stop cooking process and retain crispness/color.
Cream together cheese, horseradish, sugar, and spices to your personal taste. (Some like it lighter/sweeter and others like the full-on horseradish flavor!) Blend thoroughly with mixer until creamy.
Drain and dry asparagus spears. Spread cream cheese mixture onto prosciutto slices in moderate layer, then place 2 asparagus spears across the width of ham slice. Roll up asparagus in cream cheese mixture to end of ham strip. Keep refrigerated until served.

If you are finicky about uniform appearances, you can slice off the bottom of each with a sharp knife after refrigerating a while for exactly flat and matching edges (cook gets to eat the scraps!).

These are colorful, quick and easy, and very unusual snacks to serve as many people have never tasted them before. The sweet, salty, and spicy elements blend together with the savory asparagus to make an explosion of mouth feel and flavor! Always a hit at our house, or when we take them to parties.