Asparagus and Parmesan Cheese Puffs

Asparagus is a great spring vegetable, so this recipe is perfect for any spring or Easter gathering. And if light, fluffy, and cheesy dinner rolls are something that interest you, then this is the perfect recipe. I must admit that, while I like asparagus, I’m not the vegetable’s number one fan, so at first I was skeptical of this recipe. However, once I brought the puffs out of the oven I knew this was going to be one of my favorite recipes. The rolls are so flavorful and tasty, and the asparagus gives it a little something extra. If you’re anti-asparagus, try the recipe without it and just make a simple cheese puff. Either way, these puffs are the perfect compliment to any meal you set on your table.

Ingredients: IMG_2282.jpg

  • 1/4 lb asparagus spears
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 5 tbsp butter
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3 eggs (preferably at room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup shredded Gruyère

Directions:

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  1. Remove stems from asparagus and cut remaining pieces into 1/4 inch slices
  2. Bring a pot of water to boil and simmer the asparagus bits until tender
  3. Drain the asparagus and set aside
  4. Combine milk and butter in a saucepan until boiling
  5. In a separate bowl combine flour, cayenne, and pepper. Add this mixture to the milk once it reaches a boil
  6. Stir continuously for a minute pulling the dough away from the sides of the pan
  7. Transfer dough to a separate bowl and add eggs one at a time, beating well
  8. Let the dough cool for ten minutes then stir in asparagus, Parmesan, and GruyèreIMG_2285.jpg
  9. Scoop spoonfuls of dough onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet about 1.5 inches apartIMG_2286.jpg
  10. Place in oven at 400ºF for about 20 minutes or until the puffs are golden brown
  11. Serve warm or store in the refrigerator to serve within the next couple of days!

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