Grilled Asparagus & Prosciutto Panini

by on June 3, 2013

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{I first posted these Grilled Asparagus, Prosciutto and Mozzarella Panini in March 2009, now updated with a new-and-improved photo!}

Before I started making panini on a regular basis it never would have occurred to me to insert something long, skinny and roly-poly like asparagus into a sandwich. But some of the folks I Twitter with have gotten me intrigued with all of their excitement over asparagus sandwiches as of late. Spring is finally here which means asparagus are in season, so what better time to expand my horizons and give this concept a try.

Since asparagus and prosciutto is such a wonderful combination in pasta dishes I applied it to this panini recipe,  adding in some fresh mozzarella for that stretchy cheese effect as well as to help keep those roly-poly guys in place. As for bread, I was lucky enough to nab an asiago focaccia at my local bakery department right out of the oven. With that salty bite of crispy asiago baked on top the focaccia would have been amazing on its own. But combined with my other tasty fillings…let’s put it this way, just thinking about it drove me to grill and eat yet another sandwich in the midst of composing this post.

Grilled Asparagus

Grilling is, by far, my favorite asparagus preparation method. It’s fast, gives a nice semi-crunchy texture and all that great asparagus flavor remains intact. They come out bright green with nice grill marks. I usually just toss the spears in some olive oil, salt and pepper and grill for 2-3 minutes. On my outdoor gas grill I rotate them halfway through, but on the panini grill you don’t even need to do so.

Happy spring, all!

Grilled Asparagus & Prosciutto Panini

 

 

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{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

1 The Food Hunter March 24, 2009 at 8:19 am

That looks so good. I never thought to put whole asparagus into a sandwich like that.

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2 The Duo Dishes March 24, 2009 at 10:38 am

No judgments here at all. If something’s good, why not eat it multiple times. This is bringing on lunchtime stomach grumbles…

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3 Esi March 24, 2009 at 10:59 am

I have been staring dreamily at this picture for the last five minutes. *sigh* I love asparagus in all forms and recently discovered how great it is in sandwiches. Thanks for this recipe!

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4 Amanda March 24, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Prosciutto and Asparagus! And Mozzarella! All of my favourite ingredients on my favourite bread – yum!

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5 RobinSue March 24, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Oh I could totally get into this sandwich! And with all the fresh asparagus coming out this is a great way to eat it up!

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6 Nicole March 24, 2009 at 1:28 pm

That sandwich looks delicious! I just had some roasted asparagus for lunch :-)

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7 Jeff Deasy March 24, 2009 at 1:31 pm

You’ve got me wishing asparagus season would hurry up & get to this part of the country so I can try this sandwich.

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8 Maria March 24, 2009 at 1:38 pm

That is the perfect spring sandwich! YUM!

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9 lo! March 24, 2009 at 1:48 pm

It’s true. Asparagus panini are the kewlest :) And yours looks particularly delish.

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10 Joy March 24, 2009 at 2:00 pm

This looks so good. I wouldn’t think of putting asparagus in a panini, but I definitely wouldn’t refuse what you made if you gave me some! :p

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11 dafogle March 24, 2009 at 3:49 pm

That panini looks delicious!!! Have you tried making your own focaccia with the recipe from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day ??

I wish I had some fresh mozarella and prosciutto – I’d be making a panini for dinner tonight … I’ll have to pick some up next time I go to the store so I can make it .. yumm!

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12 Elle March 25, 2009 at 5:54 am

This looks fantastic–who would have thought to put asparagus in a sandwich? Yum!

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13 Digigirl March 25, 2009 at 6:19 am

Awesome idea for a delish spring sandwich! I’m just catching the panini bug but don’t have a press yet – I’m still doing them the hard way with a grill pan and a cast iron skillet to press down. Seeing ideas like this one puts me that much closer to ordering a press!

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14 Nicole March 26, 2009 at 8:20 am

This looks very sophisticated. I have suddenly been thinking asparagus too.

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15 Jil Nelson March 27, 2009 at 8:46 am

OK, now you’ve done it. I see that an early lunch is in order. Yum!

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16 Melissa March 27, 2009 at 1:59 pm

I’m not doing a sandwich, but I am making prosciutto wrapped asparagus tonight. Thanks for giving me such a great visual to look forward to.

And seriously? Asparagus sandwich. Wow! Glad you gave it a go and it worked out so beautifully.

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17 Ashe March 29, 2009 at 7:27 pm

Made this yesterday… it was glorious. I sauteed the asparagus with red onion for a little extra flavor and seasoned with ground white pepper. Awesome.

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18 Dragon March 30, 2009 at 5:41 pm

This panini is all kinds of awesome!

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19 Travis May 12, 2010 at 6:43 pm

I sub goat cheese in for the mozzarella. Tastes Awesome!!!

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20 Lucy@acookandherbooks March 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Love asparagus sandwiches, but mine are of the cream cheese & sprouts variety. This looks hearty and delicious!

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21 Cookin' Canuck March 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm

This just screams “spring”. Great flavors in here, Kathy.

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22 Katrina March 21, 2011 at 5:53 pm

That looks really good, Kathy!

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23 marla March 21, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Gotta tell you I love asparagus but I have never had them in a sandwich before. Grilled up with cheese in this panini is a great idea!

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24 Kathy March 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm

It’s especially good when you have just a few leftover spears to use up. ;-)

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25 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. March 21, 2011 at 6:26 pm

wonderful combination

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26 Aggie March 22, 2011 at 3:55 pm

girl you know how to make a sandwich is all I have to say. Your site makes me hungry everytime I stop by!! This looks awesome! :)

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27 Kathy March 22, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Thanks so much, Aggie – I try! :-)

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28 Robyn | Add a Pinch March 24, 2011 at 6:45 am

This sounds like a delicious panini. I can’t wait to try it!
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29 Megan March 25, 2011 at 8:14 am

I would have never thought asparagus either but this panini looks amazing. I cant wait for Spring!

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30 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective June 4, 2013 at 7:20 am

Love asparagus! Looks delicious, Kathy!
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31 Rachel @ Bakerita June 4, 2013 at 9:09 am

Mmm, Kathy, this looks so amazing!! I love idea of asparagus in a panini, and paired with prosciutto and mozzarella?! I’m all about it!
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32 nessa June 4, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Need this!

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33 Nutmeg Nanny June 9, 2013 at 6:54 pm

I love asparagus :) this panini looks wonderful!
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34 Carla @ Gluten Free Recipe Box June 9, 2013 at 8:14 pm

As soon as I saw the cheese oozing out of the focaccia, I knew this recipe was for me. Thanks!
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35 Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste June 11, 2013 at 7:45 am

Oh my heavens! Kathy, this looks incredible! It was so wonderful seeing you at BlogHer Food XOXO
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36 anne villeneuve June 20, 2013 at 2:50 am

Love this recipe, so simple, soo good!
I crisped up the proscuitto for a couple of minutes in a fry pan first, really brings out the flavour .
Keep the seasonal recipes coming!….

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37 Lisa @ Whisk & Cleaver June 25, 2013 at 9:36 am

I’m so excited about the asparagus out there right now! I’m making various risottos this week and your post is a beautiful reminder to add some asparagus.
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