Crispy Speck-wrapped Pizza Oven Asparagus Appetizers

Prosciutto-wrapped Asparagus in the Pizza Oven
20 February 2017
Russ Faulk, Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, Grillmaster

The pizza oven is perfect for appetizers at any outdoor party, and one of our most popular appetizer recipes is our Crispy Speck-wrapped Asparagus. The asparagus takes on a meaty flavor profile when roasted at a high temperature in the pizza oven – much different than the flavor of sautéed or steamed asparagus, which has a more grassy profile. This flavor melds beautifully with the herbed garlic cheese and crispy speck. A touch of fresh lemon zest brightens the taste.




    • 3 tablespoons Boursin garlic herb cheese
    • Finely-grated lemon zest from 1/2 lemon
    • 12 spears fresh asparagus, bases cut off
    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 4 slices speck (like prosciutto, but smoke-cured)
    • Cast iron fajita pan


Preheat the Artisan Fire Pizza Oven with the upper burner control on HIGH and the lower burner control on LOW. Preheat a cast iron fajita pan in the oven.

Combine the Boursin and the lemon zest.

Toss the asparagus in a bowl with the olive oil and lemon juice.

Lay out a slice of prosciutto on a clean work surface. Lay 2 asparagus spears across one end of the prosciutto. Place a dollop of Boursin mixture on the center of the spears. Press a third spear into the top of that. Roll tightly into the prosciutto slice to make the first bundle. Repeat 3 more times.

Place the bundles in the preheated pan and put the pan into the oven. Roast the bundles for about 4 minutes, turning once or twice with tongs until the prosciutto is crisp. Use caution to avoid overcooking the asparagus.

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