Last weekend we did double dinner entertaining for both sides of the family with grandparents and kids over to our house. Thank goodness the weather was warm enough that we could sit out in the backyard and enjoy a BBQ! That’s how hubby “takes care of dinner”.
Culturally there are just a few differences on how we serve things. For example, while my hubby’s Scottish side relishes on being able to have the right amount of food made for the number of people in attendance (plus maybe a second serving for hungry men at the table), my Chinese side looks also for symbolism in what we serve. You should always have more than you need… to show that you can take care of your friends and family. Leftovers are a must. Even at our wedding, which was a traditional Chinese banquet, the servers supply take-out boxes to our guests to fill to their hearts content.
So, one night we have more than enough food to feed the neighbours too, and the other night we have just the right amount. But, still, it all comes down to being together with family regardless.
Our Sunday night dinner consisted of grilled salmon on the BBQ, curry couscous and a side of Asparagus wrapped in Proscuitto. It’s an attractive and delicious side that is easily done. Nothing crazy or over the top but it looks pretty and takes very little time.
Asparagus & Proscuitto Bundles
Fresh Asparagus (usually 4-5 stems per person)
Prosciutto or Serrano Ham pre-sliced thin you’ll need one slice per bundle
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1. Wash and cut off the bottom inch of the Asparagus
2. Take 4-5 stems and wrap one slice of Proscuitto around the mid section of the Asparagus bundle. Place on a foil lined baking sheet.
3. Brush with Olive Oil (garlic infused olive oil is a great option here too)
4. Sprinkle with fresh ground pepper over top.
5. Roast in pre-heated oven at 450F for 12 -15 minutes.
6. Serve warm.
Option: shave some fresh parmesan or other hard white cheese over top just before serving.
Alternatively my friend Cory tells me he puts the bundles right on the bbq to cook along side other veggies.