Appetizer Recipes

Ham and Asparagus Squares

Pillsbury® Crescents or dough sheet makes the tender, flaky crust for a stunning Ham and Asparagus Squares appetizer.

Ham and Asparagus Squares

Prep: 20 min | Total: 40 min | Yield: 24 appetizers


  • 1/2 pound fresh thin asparagus spears
  • 1 (8 ounce) can Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or 1 (8 ounce) can Pillsbury® Crescent Recipe Creations® refrigerated seamless dough sheet
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) finely shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 1/2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto or deli ham, cut into 1-inch strips*
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Prosciutto is very thinly sliced. When you open the package, separate the paper-thin slices carefully. Running a table knife between layers helps separate them.


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In 10 inch skillet, heat 1/2 inch water to boiling. Add asparagus; reduce heat to medium-low. Cover; simmer for 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  3. Drain. Plunge asparagus into bowl of ice water to cool; drain on paper towels.
  4. If using crescent rolls: Unroll dough on ungreased cookie sheet; press into 11 x 8 inch rectangle, firmly pressing perforations to seal. With fork, prick crust generously. If using dough sheet: Unroll dough on ungreased cookie sheet; press into 11 x 8 inch rectangle. With fork, prick crust generously.
  5. Bake for 6 to 9 minutes or until light golden brown.
  6. 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.
  7. Bake for 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 6 rows by 4 rows.
  8. Serve warm.


Per 1 appetizer: Calories 70 (Calories from Fat 40), Total Fat 4 1/2g (Saturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 1/2g), Cholesterol 5mg; Sodium 110mg; Total Carbohydrate 4g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 0g), Protein 3g
Exchanges: 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1/2 High-Fat Meat


Recipe and photo used with permission from: Pillsbury

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