Every year, our family takes steps to reduce holiday stress. Last year, we all enthusiastically agreed to do only home-made gifts for Christmas, which has become a new tradition for us. This year, I’m trying extra hard to think ahead with fun foods that take minutes to make but still have that feeling of holiday indulgence. This recipe is one of those. It’s sure to find a welcome (but short-lived) place in your menu this season. You may want to follow my example and double it.
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Bistro Asparagus Twists
Looking for an incredibly easy, yet fantastic tasting festive appetizer? With the holidays around the corner, who isn’t? Even better, these can be prepared ahead of time and baked while your guests arrive.
2 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise
2 tablespoons vegan sour cream
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon prepared hot mustard
16 asparagus spears, tough ends trimmed
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 tablespoon prepared hot mustard
1. Sauce: In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix until blended. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
2. Twists: Preheat the oven to 400Â°F . Steam the asparagus over a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes. Transfer immediately to a bowl of cold water to stop the cooking process. Pat dry.
3. Unroll the pastry sheet on a lightly floured work surface. Cut and remove one third of the pastry for another use. You should have a 6 X 9-inch rectangle remaining.
4. Spread the mustard evenly over the puff pastry. Cut into 16 strips about 1/2-inch wide across the short side of the pastry.
5. Using one strip of pastry and one stalk of asparagus, beginning at the stem end, wrap the pastry diagonally around the asparagus, leaving space between the pastry.
6. Arrange on the baking sheet and repeat, placing them about 1-inch apart, until the asparagus and pastry are used up. Bake 18 to 20 minutes, or until golden. Serve hot with the dipping sauce on the side.