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RWOP Finalist: Asparagus and Parmesan Cream Pastry

Rated as 4.43 out of 5 Stars

"From Real Women of Philadelphia 2010 Host Mandy Heaston: Puff pastry squares are spread with cream cheese and Parmesan, topped with fresh asparagus spears and a drizzle of olive oil, then baked until golden brown."
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37 m servings 317
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Remove pastry dough from freezer and let thaw for 10 minutes.
  3. While dough is thawing, wash and trim asparagus so it is 1-1/2 inches shorter than width of pastry sheet.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, grated Parmesan, chopped basil leaves and lemon juice. Set aside.
  5. Unfold dough onto a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Cut into 4 equal rectangles. Separate rectangles slightly on sheet.
  6. Spread cream cheese mixture onto each of the pastry rectangles, not quite to edges. Press 4 asparagus spears onto each rectangle, alternating directions. Sprinkle pastries with sea salt and drizzle with olive oil.
  7. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes until pastries are golden brown.
  8. Remove from oven, cut each pastry in half and transfer to serving platter. Garnish with a sprinkle of shaved Parmesan cheese and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 317 calories; 24.8 18.3 7.7 37 325 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

I made this yesterday for my husband and he loved it. We had it with a Mediterranean style salad and the combo was just delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Most helpful critical review

3.5 stars. This really could have done without the extra salt and Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top. And for one sheet of puff pastry, I found 4 oz of softened cream cheese to be more than enough...

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I made this yesterday for my husband and he loved it. We had it with a Mediterranean style salad and the combo was just delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

i had this for dinner tonight and i can't believe how good it was! they didn't have fresh asparagus in the supermarket, so i used canned green asparagus instead and it tasted great! will make ag...

This was easy and very tasty, the only thing I will do different is to lessen the lemon juice a bit. It was a bit sour. I had to go back and look at the recipe and make sure I hadn't read it inc...

This was AWESOME. I made for an appetizer on Easter Sunday. Family Loved IT (Especially our vegetarian in the family) Dont panic over the quarters with the puff pastry. Just make sure there ...

These are excellent with a superb presentation to wow your guests!

This is my first review, but my new husband liked this so much he sent me a text the next day, "My wife cooks better than a professional chef!" We both loved the rich and tangy taste!

I've done something similar with various vegetables but what makes this recipe a winner is the combination of ingredients for the cheese spread. Tastes sophisticated.

this was absolutely delicious!! the filling had a much better flavor than i was expecting. the only reason i'm giving it 4 stars is...WAY too much filling! i loved the filling flavor but my fian...

Delicious and unique recipe! I would use a bit less cream cheese mixture next time, but otherwise very yummy!