WITH PARMA HAM AND ROASTED PEPPER COULIS
5 teaspoons plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon white
coarse salt and pepper to taste
36 medium spears of
6 thin slices of Parma ham
4 sheets of filo
6 tablespoons dry breadcrumbs
1 cup baby arugula leaves
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Rub peppers with 2 t olive oil. Place
them on a baking sheet and roast for 25 minutes or until almost charred. Remove
and place in plastic container with a lid to steam and cool. When cool enough
to handle, push off the skins and remove stems and seeds.
Place peppers in
food processor fitted with metal blade and puree along with the vinegar, 1
teaspoon olive oil, and 3 teaspoons water. Season to taste.
With a sharp knife, trim bottoms to make spears of equal length. Place the
asparagus in boiling water for 1 minute. Drain and refresh. Pat dry. Carefully
toss with 2 teaspoons olive oil.
Cut the ham in half lengthwise.
asparagus spears together. Wrap one strip of ham around the center of the
asparagus bundle and set aside.
Continue making bundles until you have 12.
Carefully lay one sheet of filo on damp towel.
Lightly brush it with some
of the melted butter and sprinkle with 3 tablespoons of bread crumbs.
Butter another sheet and place on top of the crumbed sheet. Using a very
sharp knife, carefully cut the filo sheets, from top to bottom, into 6 strips.
Roll one filo strip around the center of an asparagus-ham bundle. Continue
until you have prepared 6 bundles.
Repeat the process with the remaining
filo sheets, butter, crumbs, and 6 remaining asparagus bundles.
bundles on baking sheet. Bake for 9 to 12 minutes, or until pastry is golden
Toss arugula leaves with remaining teaspoon of oil. Place a pool of
pepper puree in center of each plate. Cross 2 asparagus bundles over the puree.
Garnish with a few arugula leaves and serve immediately.