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Asparagus in Puff Pastry with Ham

Asparagus in Puff Pastry with Ham Recipe

Ingredients:

Ingredients for Asparagus in Puff Pastry with Ham
Preparation time: 30 min
Cooking time: 25 min
Persons: 4
Difficulty: Very Low
Cost: Low
Introduction:

These Asparagus spears in Puff Pastry with Ham are a delicious and fancy appetizer that you can prepare with just a few ingredients. The delicate flavor of the asparagus is enhanced by contrasting and savory ingredients such as ham and Parmesan cheese which are all wrapped together in a very light and crunchy puff pastry. The sesame seeds sprinkled on top will complete the look of this delicious appetizer and make your guests curious to find out what's inside!
    For the Asparagus in Puff Pastry with Ham:
  • Asparagus
    green, 8
  • Eggs
    1
  • Grana Padano cheese
    flakes 30 g
  • Ham
    cooked, 8 slices
  • Puff pastry
    250 gr or 8 sheets
  • Sesame seeds
    to sprinkle

Recipe:

Preparation:


Take the sheets of puff pastry out of the fridge and place them seperately on a board to defrost without removing the plastic sheets underneath. Then, start by cleaning the asparagus spears and remove the white parts of the stems. Grate the spears to remove the tough outer parts and collect them in a bunch and tie them together with a kitchen string. Place the bunch in an asparagus pot, or a basket that you can put into a larger pot with enough water to reach about half way up the spears.


Fill the pot with water, salten and bring to the boil. Place the basket with the bunch of asparagus spears in the boiling water and cook for 8-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the spears. The asparagus should be cooked but still crispy.


In the meanwhile, place a slice of ham on a wooden board and sprinkle some flakes of Grana Padano cheese in the center. Take the basket with the aparagus spears out of the pot when cooked and carefully untie the kitchen string. Place the asparagus spears on paper tissues or a clean cloth and pat dry.


Place one asparagus spear at the bottom of the slice of ham and cheese and carefully roll to wrap the ham around the asparagus. Place a square of puff pastry underneath the ham roll with the angles of pastry faces up and down. Roll the in ham covered asparagus spear the same way as before from the bottom of the pastry upwards to wrap it around the spear leaving the plastic sheet on the board.


Proceed like this with the other remaining 7 asparagus spears and place the asparagus in ham and puff pastry rolls on a baking sheet covered with baking paper. Then, beat the egg for the brushing of the puff pastry rolls and whisk for a minute.


Brush the pastry rolls with the beaten egg and sprinkle some sesame seed on top. Place in the oven and bake the Asparagus in Puff Pastry with Ham at a temperature of 200C for 15 minutes.
Cooking Tips:

Sprinkle the puff pastry rolls with sesame seeds for an original touch.

Instead of asparagus spears you can roll other vegetables such as slices of zucchini in the puff pastry.

For a more rustic flavour you can also replace the slices of cooked ham by slices of cured ham or even bacon.