These were delicious...a tender asparagus inside and a crispy phyllo on the outside. The Parmesan provided just enough flavor while the chipotle gave it that tinge of smoky spice.
These wrapped asparagus look so elegant. Perfect for a gathering... as an appetizer or even as a side dish. Best when served warm. But, you know, I liked them even after they cooled off. You can prepare them ahead(cover them, so they won't dry out) and bake them later on during the day.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. ( I used my toaster oven at 350°).
Snap off the tough ends of the asparagus. Heat a pan of water to boiling. Add a generous pinch or two of salt. Boil for a couple of minutes until the asparagus is almost tender. Drain and pat dry. Cool. Unwrap the phyllo and cut the stack in half if the sheets are big. (I had a 13x9 phyllo sheet and just folded it in half.) You basically want the phyllo to be the length of the asparagus spears (folded in double). Cover the phyllo with a damp towel to keep it from drying out. Take 1 sheet of phyllo and brush lightly with some melted butter (or olive oil). Place one asparagus spear on the phyllo sheet then sprinkle with some Parmesan, chipotle (optional), a tiny bit of kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Fold the corner of the other end...you don't have to do this (just my own personal idea), but I find it is prettier. It sort of shows you the distinct layers of the phyllo dough. Roll up, jelly-roll style.
Place each piece, seam side down, on a baking sheet. Brush with more melted butter (or olive oil). Repeat until all the asparagus spears are used up. Place baking sheet in oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Do check on them, as you don't want to them to burn. Sprinkle with a bit more Parmesan cheese and a pinch of chipotle pepper before serving.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (76g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 143 (93%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 15.9g||21 %|
|Saturated Fat 10g||50 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 4.1g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0.6g|
|Cholesterol 42mg||13 %|
|Sodium 134mg||5 %|
|Potassium 119.6mg||3 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 2.2g||1 %|
|Dietary Fiber 1.2g||5 %|
|Sugars, other 1.1g|
|Protein 2g||3 %|
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Calories per serving: 154
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