Prosciutto & Asparagus Canapés

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If I could hang out with my Mom this Mother’s Day, these prosciutto & asparagus canapés would definitely be on our menu for the day. Like my mom, they aren’t complicated or flashy. They are fun, pretty, slightly fancy. They are full of colorful layers, each with their own complexity of flavor. Each with their own story. They instantly brighten up any room, any menu, any party. They are everyone’s favorite. Like my mom, these canapes are just freakin’ fabulous.

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This is another year I won’t be able to spend Mother’s Day with my favorite life of the party. But that doesn’t mean I still won’t give thanks to the lovely lady who taught me all about food and dealt with my oh-so-dramatic teenage years. (Trust me, they weren’t pretty). The lady who spent the week with me in Paris and who is the most selfless person I’ve ever met. The one who supports every decision I make, even if it’s not one she agrees with or one that makes absolutely no sense at the time (move to attend college in Georgia where I didn’t know a soul). She’s always telling me how proud she is of me, never criticizes, never tells me what I’m doing is wrong. She’s always there, providing unconditional love. If I turn out to be half the person she is, I’ve succeeded in life.


This is exactly the kind of dish my mom would love, too. For one, she loves hearty apps, especially ones with a little depth. She loves prosciutto because it reminds her of our big family trip to Italy. And asparagus, really, who doesn’t love that? This is one she’d call to tell me she’s making because they sound just that good.

Cheesy Prosciutto Canapes - The Realistic Nutritionist

Mom, here’s to you. Here’s an appetizer that is as fun, as beautiful, as fancy and flavorful as you are. Wish we could be enjoying it porch side with a bottle of vino!

Prosciutto & Asparagus Canapés

Crispy Prosciutto Canapes


Serves about 6.
Prep time: >10 minutes
Cook time: >10 minutes


  • 6 pieces thinly-sliced Italian or French bread
  • 6 pieces thinly-cut prosciutto
  • 6 slices part skim white cheese (we used provolone)
  • 24 pieces of roasted asparagus, stems cut
  • Liberal dashes of salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place the slices of bread on the foil. Put each slice of cheese on the slices of bread. Bake the cheese and bread for 12 minutes or until melted and gooey.
  2. Arrange four spears of asparagus over the cheese. Top with the prosciutto, salt and pepper. Serve warm and enjoy!

Nutritional information per canapé: 

Calories: 232
Fat: 9.2 grams
Carbohydrates: 18.3 grams
Fiber: 2 grams
Protein: 16.6 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 6

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  1. Friday, May 10th, 2013
    These are perfect for every mom. Your mom sounds like an absolute gem. :)
  2. Friday, May 10th, 2013
    These are so elegant and classy! Perfect for mama!
  3. Friday, May 10th, 2013
    Aww, your mom sounds fabulous! :) And these canapes LOOK fabulous -- prosciutto and asparagus are the perfect pair. YUM.
  4. Sunday, May 12th, 2013
    Happy Mother's Day to your mama! I'm sad I can't be with mine this year too. These are so lovely though!
  5. Posted by Laura (Tutti Dolci) on
    Sunday, May 12th, 2013
    These look so, so tasty! Perfect for brunch!
  6. Posted by Kathryn on
    Monday, May 13th, 2013
    These sound perfect for your mom - she sounds like she's quite a woman!
  7. Posted by brandi on
    Monday, May 13th, 2013
    beautiful - the perfect dish for mom :)
  8. Monday, May 13th, 2013
    These are gorgeous, Claire!!!!