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Asparagus with Fromage Blanc

(recipe, Carrie Floyd)

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Adapted from the venerable Silver Palate Cookbook, this is a great spring appetizer to prepare ahead of time, then pop in the oven just before serving.


  1. ½ cup fromage blanc (a soft, spreadable goat cheese)
  2. Zest of 1 lemon
  3. Freshly ground black pepper
  4. ¼ lb. thinly sliced smoked ham or prosciutto, each slice cut in half
  5. 24 asparagus spears, cut into 4-inch spears, cooked (roasted or steamed) until just done


  1. In a small bowl, stir together until blended the fromage blanc, lemon zest, and a couple of grinds of black pepper.
  2. Spread each ham slice with the seasoned cheese (just shy of a teaspoon), then wrap around an asparagus spear. Place asparagus on a baking sheet.
  3. When ready to serve, cook in a preheated 350-degree oven until heated through, 4 to 5 minutes. Serve immediately.