Teresa G


One evening, I wanted to serve the fresh asparagus from our garden for supper. I usually wrap it in prosciutto, brush it with a little olive oil and bake it, but this time, I didn't have the prosciutto, so I improvised. It turned out tasting great, was much less expensive than using prosciutto and it looked really cool! Ka-ching! These tasty rafts of asparagus woven through ham with melted parmesan cheese are perfect served alongside seafood and steaks. Another bonus - they can be assembled ahead of time.


★★★★★ 1 vote

2 "rafts" per person
30 Min
20 Min


  • 6-8
    fresh asparagus spears per person (number depends on size of spears)
  • 1 slice
    ham lunchmeat per person
  • ·
    olive oil
  • 1 small pinch
    fine sea salt per "raft"
  • 1 pinch
    fresh ground black pepper per raft
  • 1 tsp
    freshly grated/shredded parmesan cheese per raft



  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Spray foil lightly with olive oil baking spray or use a paper towel, dipped in a little olive oil, to lightly grease the foil. Set aside.
  2. Wash and trim woody cut ends of asparagus; place on paper towels and pat dry.
  3. Cut each slice of ham in half lengthwise. Make 6, evenly spaced, vertical slits in each piece, carefully avoiding the edges.
  4. Weave asparagus stalks through each slit, using as many stalks as will fit without tearing the ham (if it tears, you can "patch" it with a small piece of ham placed over the tear,) placing each "raft" on prepared foil lined baking sheet.
  5. Lightly brush asparagus and ham with olive oil; sprinkle very lightly with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper (salt is optional, but I love salt, so I always add just a little bit;)
  6. Bake at 425ºF for 15 minutes (20 minutes for large spears.)
  7. Remove from oven, sprinkle parmesan cheese lightly over all; return to oven for 2 to 3 minutes, until cheese is melted. Serve.
  8. Cover and refrigerate leftovers. May be assembled, covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated up to 1 day ahead. Preheat oven and bake, uncovered, as directed.

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