Easy Spanish Recipe – Espárragos gratinados
This is probably one of the easiest Spanish recipes we have ever added. Espárragos gratinados is basically asparagus wrapped in ham, topped with cheese… and bunged under a grill. So… do I just hit “Publish” on this now then? No… okay… I’ll waffle for a bit longer.
For this recipe, you can use either fresh asparagus or the prepared sticks that come in jars – it’s a matter of taste. You can also use packet cooked ham, or you can use jamón – again it’s a matter of taste. Cheese – once again, it’s whatever you like. Don’t use anything TOO strong though, or you will overpower the asparagus.
Personally, I like to use fresh asparagus, wrap each stick individually in jamón, and then pop a bit of grated manchego over the top before popping it into the oven. Don’t put too much cheese on it though, or it can be a bit greasy and overpowering.
You could also whip up a cheese sauce, and pour that over the top of the jamón rolled asparagus and then bake rather than grill – that gives you a heartier snack but certainly isn’t for calorie counters ;)
If you use asparagus out of a jar – pat it dry before assembling your dish. If you are using fresh asparagus – you may wish to precook it a little. Bring water to a boil – at boiling point, throw your asparagus in. Cook for only 5 minutes before draining… or 7 minutes if your sticks are particularly large. Watch your fingers if assembling the sticks whilst still hot.
Whichever ingredients you choose… about 4 or 5 sticks of asparagus per person will provide a tapas sized dish… great as a “starter”. Or serve it with a leafy salad for a light lunch.
- Preheat your grill to a medium high heat
- Wrap each stick of asparagus in jamón or ham – leave the tip bare, it looks pretty
- Lay the wrapped asparagus in a shallow oven dish
- Sprinkle your chosen grated cheese over the top
- Grill until the cheese is golden and bubbling
- Serve hot
by Elle Draper
Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business – Gandy-Draper. Born a “Norverner”, she then spent most of her life “Dann Saff” before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle’s loves are Alan, the internet, their three bouncing dogs, good food, and dry white wine – although not necessarily in that order.