Sometimes we like to ham it up. For this recipe, we’re combining a few thin strips of prosciutto with crunchy, baked asparagus and serving it over a blanket of Lifeway Farmer Cheese on a toasted croissant. The Lifeway Farmer Cheese boosts this recipe by loading it with protein and probiotics, so your bones, muscles, and gut are left happy. The soft, mild taste of the tangy Lifeway Farmer Cheese, lightly seasoned and combined with the flavorful prosciutto and earthy veggies, creates a deliciously complex blend that magnificently balances sweet and savory.
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- 3 oz Prosciutto
- 1 large bunch Asparagus, thin
- 1 Basil leaves and thyme, fresh
- 3 cloves Garlic
- 2 tbsp Honey
- 1 Kosher salt and black pepper
- 1 pinch Red pepper flakes
- 1 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
- 6 tbsp Olive oil, extra virgin
- 1 package of Croissants
- 1-2 Cups Farmer Cheese
- Salt and Pepper
- On a baking sheet, toss asparagus and garlic with olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Drape prosciutto over asparagus and bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix together honey, vinegar, and crushed red pepper flakes.
- Toast the bottom of the croissant, add a layer of Farmer Cheese, bakes asparagus and prosciutto, and top with honey mix.