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! 
Ingredients:
  • 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
Directions:
  • 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.
  








































2 comments:

  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.

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

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