Phyllo-wrapped asparagus with prosciutto is a good asparagus side dish that is flavorful and crunchy. Another good asparagus side dish recipe is roasted asparagus with balsamic brown butter, which calls for asparagus to be roasted and then topped with a tangy sauce.
To make phyllo-wrapped asparagus with prosciutto, wash and trim 30 asparagus spears. Wrap 1 strip of prosciutto around each spear. Coat 1 sheet of phyllo dough with cooking spray and cut it crosswise into thirds to form 3 rectangles. Place an asparagus spear at the short end of one triangle, and wrap the dough around it. Repeat this with nine more sheets of phyllo dough until all of the spears are wrapped. Arrange the wrapped spears in a single layer on a baking sheet and spray them with cooking spray. Bake at 450 F or until the phyllo dough is crisp and golden colored. Serve this dish warm or at room temperature.
To make roasted asparagus with balsamic brown butter, wash and trim 40 asparagus spears and place them on a baking sheet. Spray them with cooking oil, season them to taste using salt and pepper, and then bake them at 400 F until the asparagus is tender, approximately 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, brown 2 tablespoons of butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Remove the skillet from the heat and add 2 teaspoons of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar. Drizzle this sauce over the asparagus before serving.