You asked and I answered. In the form of these Prosciutto, Parmesan and Asparagus Bundles! In a recent Instagram poll, you guys told me you wanted to see more appetizer recipes. So, here I am delivering another super simple appetizer recipe that is perfect for your next party, baby shower or backyard BBQ.
Bundles of Joy would probably be a better title for these quite honestly. Joy because they are delicious. Joy because they are SO easy to make. And joy because you can have them assembled, baked and ready to serve in 30 minutes!
How do I make Parmesan and asparagus bundles?
These little bundles take less than 30 minutes from start to finish. And if you’re kids are itching for a project, this might be the perfect way for them to help out in the kitchen!
The best part about this recipe (besides how tasty it is) is how easy it is to make! You’ll unroll your puff pastry sheets and cut right along the seems, no measuring or guessing. Just follow the lines! Then you’ll cut each long rectangle into 3 small rectangles.
Each rectangle of puff pastry gets half a slice of prosciutto, a couple spears of asparagus and a tablespoon of shredded Parmesan cheese. You’ll wrap the puff pastry into a little bundle, brush with egg wash and bake on a parchment lined sheet pan.
What is prosciutto?
Prosciutto is cured Italian ham that is sliced very thin. It is completely cooked through (although the texture may make you think otherwise) and has a salty flavor from the curing process.
Where can I find prosciutto?
Prosciutto can be found at most local grocery stores. It may be near the salami, pancetta and mortadella. Some grocery stores will have a specialty meat and cheese section too that will usually include prosciutto.
What can I substitute for prosciutto?
Thinly sliced deli ham would be a great substitute for prosciutto in this dish. Traditionally sliced deli ham will be a little thick for this delicate dish, but would work in a pinch.
Capicola, which is an Italian cured ham with a bit more spice than prosciutto, would work as well.
Pancetta or bacon would be fine, but make sure you cook it before wrapping it up in the bundles.
Where can I find puff pastry?
You’ll find puff pastry in the freezer section of your local grocery store near the desserts. It comes in sheets or cups – you’ll want the sheets for this recipe. Pepperidge Farm is my go-to brand as it tastes great and is reasonably priced.
What can I substitute for puff pastry?
You could sub crescent rolls for the puff pastry in this dish if you’re in a pinch. But, I’ve found that the crescent rolls are a bit heavier and greasier than the delicate buttery puff pastry dough, so that is something to keep in mind.
Puff pastry is definitely the way to go if you’re looking for a simple, yet elegant appetizer.
What should I serve with asparagus bundles?
These are one of my favorite appetizers to serve when I’m feeding a crowd. In that case, these can be served just by themselves as an hors d’oeuvre or starter at a dinner party.
You could totally serve these as a main course as well. They’d pair perfectly with my Orange Fennel Salad for a super fresh dinner combo.Print
These little bundles take less than 30 minutes from start to finish and are perfect for your next party or backyard barbecue!
- 2 sheets puff pastry dough (17.3 oz. box), thawed
- 4 oz. prosciutto
- 18 spears asparagus, woody ends removed, halved width-wise
- 8 oz. grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Kosher salt
- fresh cracked pepper
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Unfold puff pastry and cut along seams, creating 6 rectangles out of the two sheets. Cut each rectangle into 3 equal size rectangles. This will give you 18 equal size puff pastry rectangles.
- Toss asparagus in olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Assemble bundles by dividing the prosciutto evenly between the rectangles, laying it in a single layer. Then add two spears of asparagus in the center of each bundle and top that with about a tablespoon of grated Parmesan. Wrap the puff pastry around everything and tuck one of the sides underneath to hold it all in place.
- Brush each bundle with egg wash and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the puff pastry is cooked through and golden brown. I like to serve mine at room temperature but you can certainly let them cool for just a few minutes and then enjoy!
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