Asparagus Puffs

Asparagus Puffs
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Asparagus Puffs are a continuation of my spring appetizer theme. These tasty little bites are all about spring, and they make a great addition to a brunch or lunch, or, how about an appy party with a spring theme?

Asparagus Puffs
Asparagus Puffs

Spring, It’s Here at Last

Asparagus is all about spring, We can’t seem to get enough asparagus at this time of year,  when this veggie it’s at it’s finest. We’ve been eating a lot of asparagus, in lots of different ways. A great example is this Creamy Asparagus Soup, which only wet our appetite for more of this delicious spring time veggie.

Asparagus Puffs
Asparagus Puffs

About Asparagus

Asparagus is a member of the lily family of plants. It’s origins have been traced back to 2000 years, where it was, and still is, grown in the Mediterranean. The Asparagus plant grows from crowns, which are one year old plants. The crowns, once planted, can take 2-3 years to be productive, but then, can produce for 20 years. So if you want to grow asparagus, you need to have a lot of patience.

Asparagus Puffs
Asparagus Puffs

Asparagus Nutrition

Asparagus is a nutrition powerhouse that packs a ton of goodness, like folate, Vitamins K ,A, C, as well as potassium, Iron, & Fiber. Vitamin K, an often overlooked vitamin,  is found in studies to improve bone health by increasing bone mineral density. Vitamin K is also important to heart health, helping to prevent hardening of the arteries.

Asparagus Puffs
Asparagus Puffs

Cooking Asparagus

You can broil, boil, steam, grill, or roast asparagus, and it will be delicious in every way. The important thing to remember is to never, ever, over cook it. Asparagus should always be cooked to tender crisp. It doesn’t require a long cooking time. If over cooked, asparagus becomes mushy and loses that bright green colour.

Asparagus Puffs
Asparagus Puffs

Puff Pastry 101

Puff Pastry is made by a laborious process where there are many layers of thin pastry, each layer built with pats of butter between them. The dough is then rolled out, folded, left to rest, and the whole process is repeated 6-8 times. Luckily, we can buy puff pastry where someone else has done all this work. I am usually a fan of making everything from scratch, but I draw a line at puff pastry. Look for a frozen puff pastry that uses real butter if possible. If you really want to make your own puff pastry, you can. Here’s how:How To Make Puff Pastry.

Asparagus Puffs
Asparagus Puffs

How to Make Asparagus Puffs

4.82 from 11 votes
Asparagus Puffs
Asparagus Puffs
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Asparagus, spring peas, and fresh herbs are a taste of spring combined in convenient puff pastry packages for a perfect spring time appetizer.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 82 kcal
Author: Colleen
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup asparagus chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup peas fresh or thawed frozen
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese grated
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill chopped
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry thawed
  • 2 tbsp butter melted
Instructions
  1. Have ready a non stick mini muffin tin, or one sprayed with cooking spray

  2. Heat oven to 400°

  3. Heat oil in skillet over medium high. 

  4. Add 1 tbsp butter, the shallots, garlic, and asparagus. Saute until asparagus is tender crisp, about 3 minutes

  5. Remove from heat and stir in salt, pepper, peas, lemon juice and zest, thyme and dill.

  6. Cut puff pastry sheet into 24 2.5 " squares

  7. Line each muffin tin cup with a puff pastry square, pressing into the base of each cup. 

  8. Stir the grated Parmesan cheese into the asparagus mixture.

  9. Evenly divide the asparagus mixture into each cup. 

  10. Bring the four corners of the pastry squares together to cover the filling for each 

  11. Brush tops with melted butter. Bake until puffed and golden about 15 minutes. 

  12. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes before removing the puffs to a platter.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts
Asparagus Puffs
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 82 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 79mg3%
Potassium 24mg1%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 110IU2%
Vitamin C 2.7mg3%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Asparagus Puffs
Asparagus Puffs
Asparagus Puffs
Asparagus Puffs

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24 thoughts on “Asparagus Puffs

  1. I love working with puff pastry. Asparagus is such a great ingredient to work with too….these look delicious.

  2. These are just too darn pretty, Colleen! Perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch! I don’t make savory treats like this nearly enough and I really need to start <3

  3. I love the idea of using puff pastry for bite size appetizers, Colleen! Your recipe for Asparagus Puffs sounds and looks delicious – perfect for a brunch buffet. I am looking forward to trying them. I cannot get enough asparagus when it is in season – love it! Thanks for the inspiration ?

    1. Hi Denise! Puff pastry is just so versatile, and you can make anything delicious when it’s enveloped in pastry, right? But asparagus make this appy really special, and perfect for a brunch.

  4. Wouldn’t these pretty little appetizers be perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch! It’s great to enjoy asparagus in such a variety of ways.

    1. Hi Cathy, these little bites are, for sure, perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch. We have to take advantage of the short season for asparagus, and these are delicious, and also easy to make, too.

  5. Asparagus is truly a sure sign of spring! Planted asparagus in my backyard over 10 years ago… good to know I have them for another 10 years or so… I better get started on another patch!
    Love the name and the look of these asparagus puffs! Thanks for sharing ♥

    1. Hi Maria, you are so fortunate to have your own asparagus patch in your backyard! I’m happy to share a new way for you to use it, enjoy! 🙂

  6. What perfect canapes or snacks! I love asparagus, and it’s in season here right now so great to see another idea for how to use it. Love puffed pastry too so this is right up my street.

  7. These are so cute and fun. They make the perfect party appetizer. I can’t wait to make these for my next dinner party! YUM!

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