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Broiled Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus Spears

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[UPDATED May 18, 2012: This ain’t a new recipe (it’s from over a year ago), but it continues to be popular and the old photos were all kinds of horrible, so I updated this post with new pics. Enjoy (again!)]

Broiled Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus Spears by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Broiled prosciutto-wrapped asparagus spears are a quick and delicious app that’s perfect for any Paleo party. The prosciutto crisps up like bacon while the sweet asparagus in the middle gets soft and tender. When you drizzle aged balsamic vinegar on the roasted spears, you end up with a dish that satisfies your sweet, salty, and sour cravings. Plus you get veggies and meat all in one morsel that you can just pop in your mouth with your hands.

Here’s what to assemble to make enough spears to feed 10 hungry adults:

  • 3 bunches of asparagus, stems trimmed 2 inches from the bottom
  • 2 four-ounce packages of prosciutto di parma
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Avocado oil or fat of choice (update 4/22/13: I use 2 tablespoons melted ghee)
  • Aged balsamic vinegar

Here’s what you do:

Preheat the broiler to high (with the rack 6 inches from the heating element) and assemble the ingredients.

Broiled Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus Spears by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Divide the asparagus evenly onto two large baking trays…

Broiled Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus Spears by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…drizzle some avocado oil over the spears, and season with salt and pepper.

Don’t go crazy with the salt because the prosciutto is plenty salty.

Cut each slice of prosciutto into 3 thin strips and wrap one strip around each asparagus spear. 

Broiled Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus Spears by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Pop a tray under the broiler for ~5-8 minutes (tossing the spears at the halfway point) or until the prosciutto crisps up and the asparagus is tender. Repeat the process with the second tray.

Broiled Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus Spears by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Plate the spears when they’re finished and drizzle on some aged balsamic vinegar.

Yes, my friends — it’s that easy.

Hardcore Albacore a.k.a. Broiled Bacon-Wrapped Tuna Medallions

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I love, love, love my new seafood CSA, Siren SeaSA! The pristine albacore in my weekly delivery was so fresh that I needed only a simple marinade, BACON, and high heat to get it ready to stuff in our mouths.

I got the idea for wrapping my tuna in bacon from the Siren SeaSA site (a new recipe is posted every Thursday in anticipation of the catch of the week). I modified the recipe with a technique for par-cooking the bacon in the microwave (those folks at Cook’s Illustrated are so smart) and I also whipped up a Paleo-friendly marinade.

Here’s what I gathered to feed 2 people:

  • 1 pound skinless albacore loin, sliced crosswise into 1.5 inch medallions (yields 5 pieces)
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Boat Fish Sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Aleppo pepper
  • 5 slices of thin-cut bacon

Here’s how I made it:

I preheated the broiler on high and made sure the top rack was 6 inches from the heating element.

I cut my tuna loin into five mini steaks…

…and placed them in a large bowl.

I whipped up the marinade by combining the orange juice, coconut aminos, vinegar, fish sauce, black pepper, and Aleppo pepper in a measuring cup.

I poured the finished marinade…

…over the albacore medallions and let them marinate for 15 minutes.

In the meantime, I placed the bacon on a microwave-safe plate lined with four sheets of paper towel…

…and covered them with two more sheets. I microwaved the bacon on high for 1-2 minutes so it was cooked halfway but still pliable.

After the tuna was finished marinating, I wrapped each piece in a slice of bacon (with the ends tucked under the fish) and placed them on a rack which was on top of a foil-lined baking tray.

I broiled the bacon-wrapped tuna for about 4 minutes on one side and flipped them over and cooked them for an additional 2 minutes (or until bacon is crispy).

Here’s a quick video showing how I made these bacon-wrapped bites. And if you don’t recognize the background music, you’re clearly not as nerdy and decrepit as me.