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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Asparagus Roll-Ups

Yesterday we had our annual Thanksgiving lunch at the office.  Starting Monday off with a mile long menu of delicious food was probably not exactly the best idea. Let's just say that a gym session was necessary after all of the food I consumed.

Everyone in the office brings a dish for the big lunch so I decided to make asparagus roll-ups. These are super easy appetizers and are great for large crowds. I was cooking for approximately 30 people and had plenty of left overs.

I started by frying the bacon.

While the bacon cooked I flattened the sliced bread with a rolling pin.

I rinsed the asparagus, patted dry and cut off the ends. Once the bacon had cooked and cooled, I crumbled it into pieces

I then added the cream cheese, shredded cheese crumbled bacon and garlic powder in the food processor and mixed well.

I took the cheese mixture and spread it on the flatten pieces of bread.

Next, I topped each slice of bread with a piece of asparagus.

Rolled the bread up tightly

And sliced into bit size pieces.

I prepped these the night before, not planning to serve them until the next day.  I placed them in an airtight container and refrigerated until needed. 

Before serving I brushed them with softened butter and baked them on 350 until golden brown.


Asparagus Roll-Ups
1 loaf of bread (I used a whole grain)
1 bunch of asparagus (depending on how many you are cooking for)
8 slices of bacon
1 8oz package of cream cheese
1 package of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 stick of butter
1 tablespoon of garlic powder
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Using a large nonstick skillet on low-medium heat, cook bacon until it’s browned enough to easily crumble.
3. While the bacon is cooking, assemble the rest of the ingredients. Using a rolling pin, flatten out each piece of bread and set aside.
4. Rinse the asparagus bunch, pat dry and cut off the ends.
5. Once the bacon has cooked through, drain on a paper towel and crumble into small pieces after it has cooled.
6. Using a food processor add the cream cheese, 2 cups of shredded cheese (adjust to your preference), crumbled bacon, and garlic powder (adjust to your liking preference) and mix well.
7. Take the cream cheese mixture and spread evenly on each slice of bread.
8. Place one piece of asparagus at the top of the bread and roll tightly.
9. Slice the bread into bite size pieces. I had made four rolls out of each piece of bread.
10. Once all of the rolls have been pre-sliced, soften butter and brush the tops of the rolls.
11. Place in the oven on 350 until golden brown.
Note: I was making this as an appetizer for approximately 30 people and had plenty of leftovers. 


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