Monday, May 11, 2009

Prosciutto Bean Bundles

I have made these once before, actually at Christmas time, and they went down a treat. So naturally I had these in mind for another side dish on Mother's Day, especially as they fit nicely into the Italian/Mediterranean theme I had planned.

The saltiness of the prosciutto actually compliments the beans which are precooked prior to wrapping. They look quite attractive all bundled up on the platter so I was quite happy with the outcome and the fact that everyone ate them including my son, Oliver, who will not eat beans at all!

Prosciutto Bean Bundles

Serves: 12
Points per serve: 0.5

30 green beans, trimmed
12 thin slices prosciutto
cooking spray

Cut all beans to the same length. In a large saucepan of boiling water add beans. Return to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Drain and allow to cool.

When beans are cool lay a slice of prosciutto on the board. Top with 5 beans and roll tightly using the whole slice of prosciutto. Continue with remaining beans and prosciutto slices.
Cover a non stick frying pan with cooking spray, heat over a medium heat and add the prosciutto bean bundles. Cook, whilst turning, until prosciutto is browned and crispy. (To ensure beans are heated through place a lid on the frying pan for 1 - 2 minutes - be careful not to burn the prosciutto).

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