Asparagus Pesto Puff Pastry Wraps with Balsamic Reduction

Nestled in a fluffy blanket of pastry and topped with a sweet drizzle of balsamic vinegar, these rustic little bundles of asparagus make lovely spring appetizers or sides.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 30 minutesDifficulty: Medium


Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 1⁄2 cup prepared basil pesto
  • 1⁄4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1⁄2 lb. asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp. water
  • 1⁄2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1⁄2 tsp. kosher salt

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using a sharp knife or a pastry cutter, cut puff pastry along the folds. Cut each piece into 3 triangles, and brush each with pesto. Top with a sprinkling of Parmesan. Divide asparagus among triangles. Roll pastry around asparagus with seam side up.
  • Whisk egg and water together in a small bowl. Brush each bundle with the egg wash. Place the bundles on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until puffed and golden.
  • Meanwhile, combine vinegar, honey, and salt in a small saucepan, and bring to a light boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the mixture coats the back of a spoon, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Spoon balsamic reduction over asparagus bundles and serve immediately.