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Fri, May 06 2011 post by Kenny

Featured Recipe: Asparagus Bundles

Rhodes blogger and company president, Kenny Farnsworth, shows you how to put a "spring" in your step - or bake up something special for mom this weekend. Never tried asparagus? Now's th...

I am a big fan of asparagus.  Nothing says Spring quite like tender spears of asparagus.  I like cooking tender asparagus in a myriad of ways.  I roast it, boil it, steam it, sauté it and yes, even deep-fry it.  The asparagus root is one tasty vegetable. 

Now some of you may have had a bad experience with asparagus.  It is not much fun to eat when the spears are woody.  If I cannot find nice tender stalks, I buy the thickest spears available at the store and peel them with a vegetable peeler.  Usually, I can find decent spears and rather than spending the time to peel each spear, I just chop off the bottom 2” of all the spears.

 

Okay, let’s get started…

Nothing says Spring quite like tender spears of asparagus.

Ingredients:

8 Rhodes™ Dinner Rolls, thawed to room temperature
1 pound fresh asparagus trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 ounces softened cream cheese
1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion
2 tablespoons capers
salt & pepper to taste
2 teaspoons melted butter
seasoned bread crumbs

 

I work at Rhodes, so I just pulled a package of Rhodes Rolls out of the freezer before I left the office for the day.  I went to a yoga class and left the rolls in my 90 degree car for an hour.  By the time I arrived home, they were thawed and ready to go.  Another great method is to put the rolls in the fridge in the morning before you head to work for the day, then they will be thawed by the time you come home.

Nothing says Spring quite like tender spears of asparagus.

First step is to roll each roll into a 6” circle.  Don’t worry, they do not have to be perfectly round, the bundles will turn out perfectly even if you end up with more of an oblong shape.

 

 

Nothing says Spring quite like tender spears of asparagus.

My 17 year-old daughter Kristan helped me by rolling out the rolls while I prepared the asparagus filling.  After rolling we allowed the rolls to rest for 10 minutes on a plate covered with plastic wrap.

 

 

Nothing says Spring quite like tender spears of asparagus.

Chop the asparagus into one inch lengths, which takes about 5 seconds.  Note: I already discarded the bottom 2” of the spears.

 

 

Nothing says Spring quite like tender spears of asparagus.

Boil the asparagus in ½” of water for 2 minutes and drain under cold water.

 

 

Nothing says Spring quite like tender spears of asparagus.

I placed the colander over the cooking pot and allowed the asparagus to drain completely.  I noticed that the asparagus was still a bit wet, so I used a paper towel to dab up excess water.

 

 

Nothing says Spring quite like tender spears of asparagus.

Combine softened cream cheese, mayo, and milk in a mixing bowl.  I did not have time to soften the cream cheese ahead of time, so I placed it in the mixing bowl and stuck it in the microwave on high for 15 seconds to soften.

 

 

Nothing says Spring quite like tender spears of asparagus.

Chop green onions  - I got to use a beautiful, new bamboo cutting board that I received from Rhodes’ Yeast Supplier – Red Star Yeast.

 

 

Nothing says Spring quite like tender spears of asparagus.

Combine green onions, capers, salt, and pepper with the cream cheese mixture.  The measurements for salt and pepper are not exact.  I used a few grinds of pepper (about 1/8 teaspoon) and ¼ teaspoon of salt.

 

 

Nothing says Spring quite like tender spears of asparagus.

Gently fold in asparagus into the cream cheese mixture.

 

 

Nothing says Spring quite like tender spears of asparagus.

First, spray the pan with non-stick cooking spray.  Then, place a dollop of the mixture in the middle of each roll and from into a bundle.  I thought forming the bundles would be the hard part, but it was easy.  Just fold the sides up and twist into a little bundle.  You just have to be careful not to overfill the bundle.

 

 

Nothing says Spring quite like tender spears of asparagus.

Here I am still in my workout cloths, brushing melted butter on top of the bundles.

 

 

Nothing says Spring quite like tender spears of asparagus.

After brushing them with melted butter, sprinkle bread crumbs on top.  I ended up making an extra bundle as I was being careful not to overfill my bundles.  The little guy on the front right is the extra bundle.

 

 

Nothing says Spring quite like tender spears of asparagus.

Here they are hot from the oven.  I ended up baking them for 19 minutes at 375° F in my home oven, but I have found that oven temperatures vary, so start with the lowest recommended bake time and add a few minutes to reach the desired outcome. The recommended baking time for this recipe is 15-20 minutes at 375° F.

 

 

Nothing says Spring quite like tender spears of asparagus.

My two teenage step-sons, Gunnar and Sam devouring the bundles.

 

 

Nothing says Spring quite like tender spears of asparagus.

My daughter Kristan enjoying an asparagus bundle. 

 

 

Nothing says Spring quite like tender spears of asparagus.

The bundles looks beautiful served in a decorative bowl.

In the future, I would like to prepare this recipe for an adult dinner party.  I may experiment by replacing some of the ingredients: green asparagus with white asparagus, cream cheese with mascarpone cheese, and drizzling some white truffle oil on top instead of using melted butter.

Overall, my family really enjoyed this recipe and I would make it again.  Prep time was 40 minutes, but I took a lot of photos, I bet I could make them in 20 minutes.  I hope you will have the opportunity to enjoy this delicious recipe with your family and friends.

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Asparagus Bundles

Servings: 8 | Skills: Intermediate | Prep Time: 30 min (not including thaw time) | Bake Time: 20 min

Nothing says Spring quite like tender spears of asparagus. Combine them with a cheesy sauce in little bread bundles, and they are sure to be a hit for mom this Mother's Day.

Asparagus Bundles
4.5 / 5  (2 votes, 34 reviews )

Ingredients

8 Rhodes Yeast Dinner Rolls, thawed to room temperature
1 pound fresh asparagus trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 ounces softened cream cheese
1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion
2 tablespoons capers
salt & pepper to taste
2 teaspoons melted butter
seasoned bread crumbs

Instructions

Flatten each roll into a 6-inch square. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest.

Boil asparagus in 1/2-inch water for 2 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Blend cream cheese, milk and mayonnaise until smooth. Stir in onions, capers, salt and pepper. Gently fold in asparagus.

Remove wrap from dough squares. Divide asparagus mixture evenly between the squares.

Moisten edges of each dough square with water. Bring edges together and twist to resemble bundles. Brush lightly with melted butter and sprinkle with bread crumbs.

Bake at 375°F 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

34 Comments

paula said on May 09, 2011
I keep telling myself to grab a bag of Rhodes rolls and I keep forgetting. I want to make my own pizza.
aubrey said on May 09, 2011
wow, these look so yummy! I LOVE baking with rhodes rolls, thanks for the idea on a new way to serve them!
Mandy kirk said on May 08, 2011
We eat Rhodes at least three times a week can't live without them!!
J said on May 08, 2011
So many interesting ways to use Rhodes Rolls. I love all the ideas I get from your website and your wonderful cook books.
Pam said on May 08, 2011
Never had a Rhodes product I didn't like. They are delicious no matter how you fix them.
Nicole Carey said on May 08, 2011
I think these look good. I might have to try them.
Denise Rounds said on May 08, 2011
t is not a holiday meal at our home without your rolls! And your frozen dough works into so many pastries people think I have talent! ;-)
Denise said on May 08, 2011
It is JUST not a holiday meal at our home without your rolls! And your frozen dough works into so many pastries people think I have talent! ;-)
Rosie said on May 08, 2011
I love Rhodes Rolls & am very impressed with all the detailed pictures for the Asparagus Bundles Recipe!!
Martha Bruinsma said on May 08, 2011
I just love, love, love, your bread dough, blog & recipes! I have not found a recipe that I have not liked! Keep up the fantastic work! Thanks!
Meghann said on May 08, 2011
Wow! Those look super yummy!! Also makes me think you could use the same idea and do pizza or fruit in them! Thanks for the great idea!
Kelly Lebo said on May 08, 2011
These look yummy, love the homemade taste of Rhodes
Cat said on May 08, 2011
I use my Rhodes dough for everything, not I have something new to try! Thanks!
Cat said on May 08, 2011
I meant "now". *blush*
Vero said on May 08, 2011
You should sell products to costco.
Fran said on May 08, 2011
Oh, these look easy and delicious! I'll be trying them soon.
Colleen said on May 08, 2011
Wow, these look good. Guess what I will be trying next weekend?
Susan B said on May 08, 2011
Hmmmm - asparagus in the fridge, Rhodes rolls in the freezer. I know what I'm making!!
Chery said on May 07, 2011
WOW....sounds Yummy I will have to try this after I get home from vacation
V said on May 08, 2011
Looks good. Love all the pictures!
Amy P said on May 07, 2011
Oh my! Those look fantastic! Just updated my shopping list!!!
Cathy cummings said on May 07, 2011
My 1st time here but definitely not my last. I LOVE Rhodes dough and just when I run out of ideas, someone comes up with another fantastic recipe. Keep 'em coming!!
Ginny said on May 06, 2011
Mmmmm looks good! Now I have to go out & get the ingredients to make this.... ;-)
Tina said on May 06, 2011
Looks delish! Especially with cream cheese. Great blog and product.Now that I found your blog,I will have a whole new bunch of ways to use Rhodes dough.Thanks!
Michelle Pedersen said on May 06, 2011
Those look really good! And you've got my imagination running wild with all the possibilities! Add in some cooked chicken, maybe try it with broccoli, perhaps some diced bacon!!? So many ways to go with this one! Thanks for the inspiration.
Laurie Brumm said on May 06, 2011
These recipe sound and looks YUMMY!
Lindsey said on May 06, 2011
Looks Great! My first time on the blog and I really like how detailed your instructions are with the included pics!
millie said on May 06, 2011
sounds not only yummy but pretty easy to make :o)
Tara said on May 06, 2011
Those look delicious! Beautiful kitchen, also. :)
Toni said on May 06, 2011
These look good. I may have to try them. I never thought to use the rolls as anything besides rolls.
Raquel Landon said on May 06, 2011
THose looks good. i love finding different things to try with rhodes rolls.
Amanda said on May 06, 2011
WOW...These sound and look absolutely delish! I can not wait to try this recipe, I LOVE rhodes rolls any way I can serve them. Thanks for the wonderful idea
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