This is a great recipe, try to do it, there is much asparagus this time of year, always looking for a good way to use them, can replace the fillo dough bread.
What are the health benefits of asparagus?
Asparagus is considered to be one of the delicacies of the vegetable world. The spring vegetable is well known for its unique and strong savory taste.
- Asparagus is a good source of fiber and protein, both essential for good digestion and immunity.
- It contains a number of anti-inflammatory compounds that protect you from type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
- It has antioxidants, including one called glutathione, which is known to protect the skin from sun damage, pollution and the effects of aging.
- The Vitamin K in asparagus is excellent for healthy blood clotting and strengthening bones.
- Asparagus contains a unique carb called inulin, which remains undigested until it reaches the large intestine, where it helps to absorb nutrients better, and cut the risk of colon cancer.
- Good news for those struggling to manage their blood sugar: asparagus is a rich source of B vitamins, which are known to regulate blood sugar levels.
- Green asparagus is much more beneficial than white, say reports. The goodness is in the stalk, which contains vitamin A for better vision, potassium for smooth kidney functioning, and trace minerals that help boost immunity.
- 20 thin slices sandwich bread
- 3/4 lb salted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
- 1 package cream cheese, 8 ounce, softened to room temperature
- 1 egg, beaten
- 20 fresh asparagus
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- Juice from 1 lemon
- 1 tsp salt
- Pinch of black pepper
1. Trim crusts from bread, and flatten slightly with a rolling pin.
2. In a bowl, stir Parmesan cheese and cream cheeses together with the egg until well blended and creamy. Spread a thin layer of cheese mixture over each slice of bread. Roll one asparagus spear inside each, and fasten with a toothpick.
3. Melt butter in a small saucepan. Roll each asparagus wrap in butter to coat. Place on a baking sheet small enough to fit into the freezer, and freeze for one hour, or until butter hardens and wraps are somewhat firm. Remove pan from freezer, discard toothpicks, and cut each wrap in half crosswise. Store in a resalable plastic bag in the freezer until ready to use.
4. To serve, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
5. Arrange frozen asparagus wraps on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until lightly browned. Check occasionally, and turn if necessary, for even browning and to prevent burning. Enjoy!