Asparagus wrapped in prosciutto is a favorite side dish at our house! I love that it is naturally gluten free! It is easy to make and tastes so good! The most time consuming part of making this dish is the time it takes to spread the cream cheese and carefully roll, the thin slices of prosciutto.
Ingredients for Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto
Prosciutto (for most families 1 package will be enough)
Cream cheese – softened (used for spreading)
I am not going to put amounts because it depends on how much your family eats. We typically buy our ingredients at Costco, because we feed 4-7 people on average at our house.
Directions for Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
First, wash your asparagus and break off the woody ends. It should snap where the stalk becomes more tender, getting rid of the woody end. Sometimes, you will have over-ripe pieces that don’t want to break and are kind of floppy. They can still be used if you find a breaking point, but likely will need to discard the floppier pieces.
Dry the asparagus so the cream cheese sticks to the stalk when you roll it.
Prepare, your pan. I us a cookie sheet, covered with tin foil. This makes clean up easy. Inside the cookie sheet I put a cooling rack sprayed with non-stick spray. (If you are gluten free, make sure your spray is gluten free.)
Next, spread the softened cream cheese on the prosciutto. Spreadable cream cheese works really well for this.
Now, take your asparagus. You can wrap one alone or 2 or 3 together. For me, it depends on how many people I want to feed, how much asparagus I have versus how much prosciutto I have. Often, it is a combination of 2 or 3 wrapped together. When I do one alone, it is usually with the larger asparagus stalks.
Prosciutto is very thin and tears easily, so be careful as you roll that you are getting all of the prosciutto rolling together.
Set the rolled prosciutto on your prepared cooling rack that is in your cookie sheet. Place in pre-heated oven and bake for 20 minutes.
I hope your family enjoys this delicious side-dish as much as my family does!
When I was first married, I went to a class that was teaching some fun food ideas for appetizers and easy to make, but fun food items. The one thing I remembered and started making after that class was cream cheese ham rolls.
They suggested cutting them into bite sized pieces and putting toothpicks in them, but hey if it is your snack or lunch why bother? Except that might be fun for the kids.
When I was diagnosed with celiac, I remembered this idea and it was a life saver!
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I like Kirkland’s ham, from Costco, for making these. Also, I like the 1 oz cream cheese packets (I find them at Costco, too). It is easy to use and just the right amount! I do recommend letting the packets sit out for a little while to come closer to room temperature, making the cream cheese easier to spread.
Typically, I eat three, sometimes 4. They are filling, easy and have a lot of protein.
Cream Cheese Ham Roll Ingredients
3-4 oz of cream cheese – spreadable
3-4 slices of deli sliced ham- not too thin, because you need it to be able to hold ingredients
When I made these, I wasn’t really hungry and not patient enough to bring the cream cheese to room temperature for easier spreading. It isn’t pretty, but it is still delicious!
Put the pickle spear at one end and roll the spear in the ham. You can do it without the pickle spear, but it is so much tastier with it!
The spears are sometimes really thick and I often cut them to be a little thinner.
It is at this point you could put toothpicks in (usually 3 or 4) and cut into bite sized pieces or just eat as the roll!
Serve with chips, Cheetos or Doritos, some grapes and a juice box and you have a full lunch!
Great for travel
I think these are easier to put together on the road because they don’t get slimy and soak in pickle juice until you are ready to eat. I have done them both ways depending on whether we will have time to stop or not.
Both ways meaning: already made vs making on the road.
They are easier, in my opinion, if you can find the one ounce packets and just squeeze the cheese onto the ham and then spread it out with a knife. If you don’t have a knife or don’t want to worry about it you can squeeze the cheese on one end and then carefully roll it. You will still get cream cheese in every bite. However, the small spreadable containers are also easy for travel, too.
Cream Cheese Ham Rolls- Gluten Free Lunch or Snack
Gluten Free Cream Cheese Chicken was my daughter’s request for her birthday dinner! Everyone was so happy, because everyone likes it! That is sometimes a big order in our family. I have one daughter who doesn’t like a lot of foods and is sensitive to others. I like it because it is so easy and is made in the crockpot.
This is one of the best finds in a church recipe book and I was able to tweek it to be gluten free!
Boneless, skinless thighs taste best in this recipe!
Ingredients for Gluten Free Cream Cheese Chicken made in the crockpot
Turn your crockpot on low. It will need to cook for 4 hours.
Put melted butter into crockpot.
In a small bowl mix together all of the spices.
Put mixed spices into butter and stir.
Add boneless, skinless chicken to the butter and spices and mix it together until well coated.
Cook on low for 4 hours.
Before serving make the sauce for the chicken.
Follow the directions for Gluten free Cream of Chicken Soup. (Because my family loves to use the sauce as gravy on mashed potatoes and we never seem to have quite enough, I double the sauce and do 4 cups of the soup with 16 ounces of cream cheese. I would try it with the 2 cups the first time and see how much your family eats, before doubling it.)
Once soup thickens, add the cream cheese. Break cheese into small pieces when adding it to the soup. This will help it to melt quicker.
Serve with Mashed potatoes, green beans, corn or mixed vegetables.
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Gluten Free Cream Cheese Chicken- Crockpot
Delicious combination with the dark meat from the chicken thighs and the creaminess of the cream cheese sauce. The cheese sauce perfectly compliments the chicken and goes great with mashed potatoes!