Asparagus Appetizers in Phyllo Dough 
September 9, 2014
[Elaine]

I made these for my son's graduation open house this past spring and they were such a big hit. So many people wanted the recipe that I thought I would go ahead and share it here.  These are outrageously tasty and crunchy and very easy to make.  The phyllo is brushed with good mustard and sprinkled with Asiago cheese and then rolled up with asparagus. The best part about these is that they can be assembled a day ahead, refrigerated and then just baked the next day right before serving - my kind of recipe!  And you don't even have to precook the asparagus - I just use them raw in the assembly.  I even made a video to show you how fast and easy these are to whip up. 

 

These are made with frozen phyllo dough. If you have never used phyllo dough, don't be intimidated.  They are very delicate but this recipe is very forgiving and it just doesn't matter if you tear the sheets a little, because it all gets wrapped up. The best way to use phyllo is to put a roll in the fridge the night before you need it and let it defrost that way.  The box of phyllo contains two rolls. You will just need one for this recipe.  Leave the other in the freezer.  When working with phyllo, roll it out flat and cover with a couple of sheets of damp paper towel. This is very important, because the phyllo dries out easily. 

Asparagus Appetizers in Phyllo Dough

makes about 20

for a printable recipe click here

You can either use one fat asparagus spear or two thin ones.

Ingredients:

 

Instructions:

Trim the tough ends off the asparagus spears. 

Unroll the thawed phyllo sheet roll on your counter and place a couple of damp paper towels over the top so they don't dry out.  

On a large cutting board, place two of the phyllo sheets (if you accidentally grab three sheets, and can't get them apart, don't worry about it.  It won't matter. Also - if you rip a hole in one of the sheets, it won't matter either. It all just gets rolled up and you will never tell.) Brush some melted butter over the entire top sheet. Brush some of the mustard on the sheet.  Sprinkle with a little salt (if you are using) and the pepper.  Sprinkle a heaping tablespoon of the cheese all over the sheet.  

With a very sharp paring knife, cut the sheet in half.  Cut each half in half.  Place two asparagus spears on each piece of phyllo and roll up.  Place on a parchment (or foil) lined baking sheet.  Brush the tops with some melted butter and sprinkle additional seasoning on top. 

Repeat until all your asparagus is used.  You can refreeze any unused phyllo sheets if you want, as long as you haven't let them dry out.  Just roll up with plastic wrap and seal tightly. 

At this point, you can cover with plastic wrap and place the baking sheets in the fridge until you are ready to bake them. You can even assembble these the day before.  When you are ready to cook them, bake them in the oven at 375° F for about 15 - 20 minutes until golden brown (rotate pans halfway through if you don't have a convection oven). 

Serve warm or at room temperature.  Serve extra mustard on the side for dipping if you want. 

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