Grilled Asparagus and Prosciutto Panini

Loved by many, this grilled asparagus and prosciutto panini is perfect paired with Chianti at a fall dinner party.
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Loved by many, this grilled asparagus and prosciutto panini is perfect paired with Chianti at a fall dinner party.

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound asparagus
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 focaccia, sliced into four pieces
  • 8 Ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced thinly

Directions

Preheat the panini grill to medium-high heat.

Rinse the asparagus and break the ends off of each spear (if you hold onto each end and bend the spear, it will naturally break in the right place). Discard the ends. In a large bowl, toss the asparagus in the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill for about 3 minutes, until cooked through and grill marks appear. Set aside.

Turn off the grill and carefully clean the grates. Reheat the grill to medium-high heat.

For each sandwich: Slice the focaccia in half lengthwise. Place a slice of prosciutto inside the bottom half. Top with 1/4 of the cheese and as many asparagus spears as will fit securely. Close the sandwich with the other focaccia half. Grill 4-5 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Slice the sandwich in half, serve immediately, and enjoy!

Grilled Asparagus Shopping Tip

Look for vegetables that are firm and bright in color – avoid those that are wilted or have wrinkled skins, which are signs of age.

Grilled Asparagus Cooking Tip

Vegetable should typically be cooked as quickly as possible, as they can become bland and mushy, and lose vitamins and minerals.