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Asparagus and Walnut Puffs

Asparagus and Walnut Puffs

This is a prize-winning recipe in the I LOVE Walnuts! recipe contest.

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  • 1 sheet puff pastry, 9-10 inches square and 1/4-inch thick, thawed if frozen
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese, fat-free
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 3 tablespoons basil, fresh, finely chopped or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3/4 cup California walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 16-24 asparagus spears (2 or 3 per puff, depending on size)*
  • 2 tablespoons walnut oil


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
  2. Fold pastry into a 10 x 4-inch rectangle about 1/4-inch thick. Cut into six 5 x 1 1/3-inch rectangles. Place rectangles on prepared baking sheet and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl combine the ricotta, the Parmesan, the basil, the walnuts, the salt and the pepper. Mix well. Leaving a 1/2-inch border on each side spread 1/6 of the walnut mixture on each pastry. Place 2-3 asparagus spears on each dressed pastry rectangle (the thickness of the asparagus will determine how many spears are needed for each pastry).
  4. Bake until pastry is puffed and golden and asparagus is soft, about 12-15 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately.

Total time 32 min | Cook time 12 min | Yield: 6 servings

Tip: For variety use white asparagus or a combination of green and white.

Nutrition: 330 calories fat 24g saturated fat 4g Monounsaturated fat 5g Polyunsaturated fat 14g Cholesterol 11mg Sodium 416mg Carbohydrates 19g Dietary fiber 2g Protein 11g

By Carole Resnick

Recipe and photo credit (used with permission): California Walnuts