Sunday, April 3, 2011

Something to make you say, mmmm!

I'm always looking for new recipes. I tend to get in ruts when it comes to dinner, appetizers and desserts. I don't know if I am timid about trying new things or if I'm just lazy. I'm stoked about this new one. It has all of my favorites... 
Cheese, puff pastry and asparagus!

This is a perfect appetizer or side dish. Serve with grilled chicken or fish. Or you can make it for your main course like I did last night. 

Asparagus & Parmesan Cream Pastry

1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
3. Tbsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. basil
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 lb. fresh asparagus, trimmed
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. Shaved Parmesan cheese

1. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, lemon juice and basil. 
2. Unfold puff pastry on a baking sheet covered with cooking spray. Cut into eight rectangles, placing them slightly apart. Spread cream cheese mixture on puff pastry. Press four spears onto each pastry, alternating direction. Drizzle with oil and top with cheese. {I topped ours with the pecorino & romano parmesan blend}
3. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm. 

[Side Note: I bought all of the ingredients at Trader Joes - I think next time I'm going to add either chopped ham or bacon in the mixture to add an extra flare.]

 ..and since I was low on asparagus, ours looked lame with one spear on each puff. 
But they were oh SO delicious!

1 comment:

SuperStein said...

You are an amazing wife. Are there anymore like you? Tell Chris that I say he is a blessed man to have such an amazing wife.