Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wrapped Asparagus Spears in Puff Pastry and Desert Landscapes

Wrapped Asparagus Spears In Puff Pastry
Cook’s Notes: 1 puff pastry sheet makes 12 and you will need 6 slices of deli ham cut in half. If using thin spears 2 can be wrapped in puff pastry. 
Since I had pastry sheets thawed I applied the same principle using a shamrock cookie cutter. Imagine the possibilities with so many different cookie cutters! 
  • 1 bunch of asparagus-spears with thin stalks
  • 6-12 thin slices of deli maple ham
  • Soft cheese e.g. Havarti cut ½ x 2 inch pieces 
  • Dijon mustard
  • 1 box thawed Puff Pastry sheets makes 24 or 1 sheet makes 12 asparagus puff pastry. 
  • Egg wash
  • Sesame seeds
  • Grated Parmesan cheese or a spice called Garlic Bread Sprinkle
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  • Wrap 1-2 asparagus spears with ½ slice maple ham. 

  • Using a pastry wheel cut pastry sheet into thirds vertically, then into fourths horizontally making a total of 12 pieces. Brush each pastry sheet with the Dijon mustard. Lay asparagus wrapped ham spear in middle of pastry sheet. 
  • Add piece of cheese on the asparagus and wrap the asparagus/ham spear in the pastry stretching to make sides join together. Leave asparagus tips exposed. 
  • Place asparagus bundles seam side down on parchment paper. 
  • Brush pastry with an egg wash. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese or a spice; Garlic Bread Sprinkles. 
  • Bake for 14-16 minutes or until puffy and golden brown.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication 
-Leonardo Da Vinci
The Desert in Bloom
With record high temperatures the desert landscape is exploding with color and fragrance ushering in an early spring.


  1. Who knew cactus came in so many varieties and are so stunning when in blossom? Not me. Beautiful photos. Grateful from this snow-covered Minnesota.

  2. Wow! It's a "two-fer" Friday! I get a yummy recipe idea AND get to enjoy gorgeous flowers :) Thank you!