Ham and Asparagus Squares

Springtime spears rest atop smoky prosciutto from the deli and crescent dinner roll dough in this striking appetizer.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 40 min
  • Servings 24

Ingredients

1/2
lb fresh thin asparagus spears
1
can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1 1/2
cups finely shredded Swiss cheese (6 oz)
1 1/2
oz thinly sliced prosciutto or deli ham, cut into 1-inch strips
2
teaspoons olive oil
1/4
teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. In 10-inch skillet, heat 1/2 inch water to boiling. Add asparagus; reduce heat to medium-low. Cover; simmer 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain. Plunge asparagus into bowl of ice water to cool; drain on paper towels.
  • 2 On ungreased cookie sheet, unroll dough; press into 11x8-inch rectangle, firmly pressing perforations to seal. With fork, prick crust generously.
  • 3 Bake 6 to 9 minutes or until light golden brown. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the cheese; top with prosciutto strips. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese. Arrange cooked asparagus spears in rows over cheese, alternating tips. Brush with oil; sprinkle with pepper flakes.
  • 4 Bake 5 to 7 minutes longer or until edges of crust are deep golden brown and cheese is melted. Cool 5 minutes. With serrated knife, cut into squares. Serve warm.

Expert Tips

Prosciutto is very thinly sliced. When you open the package, separate the paper-thin slices carefully.

Experiment with other finely shredded cheeses like parmesan or Romano for a different flavor.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Appetizer
Calories
70
(
Calories from Fat
40),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4 1/2g
4 1/2%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
10mg
10%;
Sodium
115mg
115%;
Total Carbohydrate
4g
4%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
0g
0%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.