Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Hawthornes Entertain. Asparagus Roll Ups In Puff Pastry.

The Hawthornes have guests this evening.
 XKT and Glowria are stopping by.
How exciting! For an appetizer, I'm taking Mr. Hawthorne's Asparagus Roll-Ups
to the next level, by wrapping them in puff pastry.
When shopping for asparagus,
 look for tightly formed heads, not loose and spindly.
 These were the best I could find.
Sam's Club in Chesapeake or Virginia Beach, VA.
 I never know where I am when we drive there.
I dropped the asparagus into boiling water.
 One minute.
 No more.

Immediately plunge into ice water to stop the cooking
and set the pretty green color.
Drain on a green-striped kitchen towel.
Wrap in shaved maple ham.
Wrap in puff pastry.
 Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes,
 or until puffy and golden brown.
These were lovely little appetizers.
 I served them with a coarse-grained mustard,
 but when I make them again,
 I'll spread the mustard first on the inside of the puff pastry,
 then wrap the asparagus.
More bang for your buck.

 Stay tuned next for my take on Cafe Lachine's
 Creamy Cauliflower Soup from our last cooking class at the aquarium.


Kathy said...

I have recently acquired a taste for asparagus, thanks to HS, and these look like something he would like a lot. Plus, what is going to happen if I don't have a green striped towel? Will the universe implode? I don't want to be responsible for global disaster.

Rosie Hawthorne said...

I am sorry, Kathy, but the green striped towel is necessary for the integrity of the dish.

Lane said...

Oh man that looks delicious and easy!

Lori K said...

looking always!

Marilyn said...

Whoot, I have a green striped towel!

Rosie Hawthorne said...

Well, Mar, Shimmy Shimmy Hip Check.
And a big WHOOT.
You're all set to go!

Thank you, Lori. ;)

Lane, please do make it for your next dinner party.
You'll get rave reviews.
Plus, I have another appetizer coming up. Even simpler. Stay tuned.

Rosie Hawthorne said...

And don't forget the green striped kitchen towel!