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Asparagus Spiral Wraps in 5 Easy Steps

Updated on August 19, 2014

Quick & Easy ~ Vegetarian Hors d'oeuvres

N eed something quick and easy that will make your guest's mouth water?  

Asparagus Spiral Wraps are easy, appealing to the eyes and great tasting. 

You can make this side dish or vegetarian hors d'oeuvres in less than one hour.  Easy cooking recipes give you more time for entertaining and spending time with your family and friends.

Try this Asparagus Spiral Wraps in 5 Easy Steps recipe for any celebration, and make a lasting impression that will have your company coming back for more.

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The Asparagus Festival Cookbook


Stockton, California held its first Asparagus Festival in 1986 attracting thousands of people waiting to taste the best gourmet asparagus recipes from all over the world.  This cookbook highlights the top awarded recipes from the cook-off.

The Asparagus Festival Cookbook
The Asparagus Festival Cookbook
Prize winning recipes from gournet chefs.
 

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A bit of flavor ... Try adding Morning Star veggie sausage or bacon for a spicy flavor. Tastes great!

A bit of flavor ... Try adding Morning Star veggie sausage or bacon for a spicy flavor. Tastes great!
A bit of flavor ... Try adding Morning Star veggie sausage or bacon for a spicy flavor. Tastes great!
Photo credit by royalty free google images/puffpastry.com
Photo credit by royalty free google images/puffpastry.com

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I want to let you know that these wraps may not look as nice as the ones you wrap in Puff Pastry, but they taste even better, are less expensive and healthier. You can use them as they are vegan if you wish. The recipe I use is my own and contains no meat (just "vegan" meat for flavor).

Take a look at the photos below of the actual process

I used for these appetizers.

If you wish to use the Puff Pastry (photo here) recipe that calls for meat, here is the link:

www.puffpastry.com/recipe/60132/prosciutto-asparagus-spirals

Preheat Oven 375 degrees

Baking Items:

2 nonstick baking sheets

microwavable dish

cooking spray

wax paper if needed

butter knife

Cook Time

Prep Time: Approx. 45 minutes

Total Time: Approx. 1 hour

Serves: 8-10

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of fresh asparagus spears (about 24 washed with flat ends trimmed)
  • 2 cans Pillsbury Original Breadsticks 12 count (keep chilled until ready to make wraps)
  • 4 Individually Wrapped Frigo String Cheese Sticks cut in 1/4 inch slices
  • 4 Morning Star Bacon Strips cooked and crumbled into bits
  • Butter or herb butter spread

Instructions

  1. Asparagus Preparation: You can skip pre-cooking if you like a more crisp asparagus. They actually are better this way, and stay firmer.
  2. Cook fresh asparagus in water covering the asparagus in the microwave for 8 minutes on high. Remove from water and towel dry on a plate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. This step can be done ahead of time in a steamer if you prefer. The asparagus shoud be partly cooked, but not over cooked so they cannot be wrapped.
  3. Veggie Bacon Preparation: Place 4 strips of veggie bacon on a microwave safe plate and cook for 2 minutes. Let cool and then break the pieces. They crumble pretty easily.
  4. Cheese Preparation: I used Frigo individual string cheese sticks. Cut them in half vertically (long) making 2 long strips of cheese. Then cut in pieces. You can use any kind of flavored string cheese if you like. I used Pepper Jack. The cheese melts right into the breadstick so don't be concerned about it oozing out (unless your put big chunks in). The flavored cheeses make a better tasting appetizer.
  5. Step 1: Open breadsticks can and separate the pieces. Stretch out one breadstick laying it flat so that it is over twice the size of the breadstick.
  6. Step 2: Lay the asparagus on the breadstick leaving the tip off the breadstick. Make sure breadstick remains flat. Tightly wrap one breadstick strip around the asparagus making a spiral around the vegetable. You should have the length of the asparagus still remaining. Lay it on the baking sheet making sure to flatten out the remaining part of the breadstick.
  7. Step 3: On the half without the asparagus, press pieces of string cheese and bacon bits along the breadstick leaving a space between pieces. Do this for each breadstick and lay straight on nonstick baking sheet.
  8. Step 4: Carefully pull the part of the breadstick with the cheese and bacon on it over top of the spiral wrapped part. Squeeze or pinch the seams together to seal the wrap. Place the wrapped asaparagus seam side down on baking sheet. (Look at the photos of how I did this.)
  9. Step 5: Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until breadstick is golden brown. After baked, place on tray spiral side up. Be sure to have tongs ready. Serve warm with butter or herb spread.
  10. Note: If not wrapped tightly the aspargus slips out on the first bite, that's why the uncooked asparagus recipe works better. These are best served and eaten the day you make them. You can also cut theses into bite size pieces after cooked (use a very sharp knife) and put festive toothpicks in them. This works really well for seniors and kids, and serves more people who may only want to sample the appetizer.
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How to wrap your asparagus.

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Using the Puff Pastry version it "may" look like this.  My version is as follows on the next photos.Cut the string cheese sticks in half, and  then into smaller pieces.Morning Star Vegan Bacon: cook 4 or 5 strips for 2 minutes.Asparagus top is not wrapped.  Works best on the baking sheet.  Press the cheese & "meat" pieces down good into the pastry or they will fall off.Pull remaining breadstick with the cheese & bacon over top spiral wrapped part. Seal with fingers. If any pieces fall out, just push them back in.Turn it over and make sure it is sealed.Closer look.  The end tip is covered to handle it better.Nice long asparagus gives a better look.After baked, place on tray spiral side up.  Be sure to have tongs ready.
Using the Puff Pastry version it "may" look like this.  My version is as follows on the next photos.
Using the Puff Pastry version it "may" look like this. My version is as follows on the next photos.
Cut the string cheese sticks in half, and  then into smaller pieces.
Cut the string cheese sticks in half, and then into smaller pieces.
Morning Star Vegan Bacon: cook 4 or 5 strips for 2 minutes.
Morning Star Vegan Bacon: cook 4 or 5 strips for 2 minutes.
Asparagus top is not wrapped.  Works best on the baking sheet.  Press the cheese & "meat" pieces down good into the pastry or they will fall off.
Asparagus top is not wrapped. Works best on the baking sheet. Press the cheese & "meat" pieces down good into the pastry or they will fall off.
Pull remaining breadstick with the cheese & bacon over top spiral wrapped part. Seal with fingers. If any pieces fall out, just push them back in.
Pull remaining breadstick with the cheese & bacon over top spiral wrapped part. Seal with fingers. If any pieces fall out, just push them back in.
Turn it over and make sure it is sealed.
Turn it over and make sure it is sealed.
Closer look.  The end tip is covered to handle it better.
Closer look. The end tip is covered to handle it better.
Nice long asparagus gives a better look.
Nice long asparagus gives a better look.
After baked, place on tray spiral side up.  Be sure to have tongs ready.
After baked, place on tray spiral side up. Be sure to have tongs ready.

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Asparagus Plate to Serve Your Creation - Now that you have a fancy vegetable, make sure it is presented on a beautiful plate.

Supreme Housewares - White Ceramic Asparagus Plate
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