Sunday, December 09, 2012

Asparagus in duvets

I spent a minute wondering if that title should read asparaguses. OK, it was a few minutes. It just sounds wrong doesn't it? But 'asparaguses' do exist. Apparently. According to the 'dictionary'. Hmmm.

Either way I really think you should also make these asparagus (asparaguses?!) in duvets. Let's call them little green vegetables in duvets shall we? With parma ham and parmesan. 

Serving them with The Very Hungry Caterpillar napkins is not obligatory.

Yes it is. I didn't know these napkins were missing from my life until I got them.

I'm loving these duvets/canapéfor a Christmas party....or New Year's eve....or Easter....Halloween...or World Knitting Day or...


Ingredients (makes approximately 18 - 20 canapés)

6 asparagus spears
5 slices parma ham 
40g parmesan, grated 
2 sheets filo pastry
30g butter, melted 

How to

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6.

Cook the asparagus in boiling salted water until just tender ( 2 - 3 minutes). If you prefer a crunchier asparagus just leave this step out. Drain and set aside.

Brush 1 sheet of filo pastry with the melted butter. Place half the parma ham in the middle and sprinkle half the parmesan along it. 

Place 3 asparagus (aaah!) end to end on top of the parma ham and cheese. 

Roll tightly into a long sausage shape and brush lightly with melted butter. Nearly there...

(At this stage you can leave in the fridge until you're ready to cook them, or continue on). 

Cut diagonally into approximately 10 slices. 

Repeat with the other sheet of filo pastry. 

Bake for approximately 10 minutes on a baking tray. Until golden and crisp and all asparagusey-like.

You could also try with goat's cheese. Or remove the parma ham for a veggie version (Clever Cuisine Genie). There's no need for a sauce. BUT if you wanted to, and I certainly won't stop you, what about a little hollandaise on the side?

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  1. These look fab! I also didn't know of Hungry Caterpillar napkins but now I totally have to get my hands on some :D

    1. Thanks Tash :-) The Very Hungry Cateillar was one of my favourite books when I was a little kid so I grabbed the napkins up when I saw them!