This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dairy Farmers of Canada. All opinions are 100% mine.
It’s beginning to look a lot like CHRISTMAS… and boy is it going to be a tasty one!
Every year I look forward to my Gramma’s turkey with all the fixings… my stepmom’s ham… my dad’s homemade Caesar salad dressing… and my aunt’s sweet potato pie! And while I don’t have a signature dish, I always try mix things up a bit by preparing a creative and delicious appetizer. From an umami-rich Balsamic Mixed Mushroom Topped Camembert to a flavourful Green Figs, Prosciutto & Blue Cheese Topped Crostini I have a vast array of well-loved appetizer recipes in my repertoire.
When it comes to creating the best Christmas appetizers I have a few tricks up my sleeve… well, it’s really only one trick… it must contain Canadian cheese! I have yet to meet a single person who can say “no” to an appetizer made with locally produced cheese! This year’s appetizer is definitely a crowd pleaser… fresh asparagus are wrapped in salty prosciutto and baked in a flaky butter puff pastry with not one, but two Canadian cheeses: Baluchon & Boerenkaas!
These two cheeses are some of Canada’s finest! The first, Baluchon from Fromagerie Baluchon, is an organic, semi-soft, melt-in-your-mouth cheese that has the flavours of hazelnut, cream, herbs, and butter, with the aftertaste of cloves. Fromagerie Baluchon is one of the very few cheesemakers that is certified organic by Quebec Vrai. The second, Boerenkaas by Natural Pastures, is made solely with milk from local farms on Vancouver Island. It’s a rich-tasting semi-soft cheese with a slightly fruity taste and creamy yet crumbly texture, perfect for pairing with holiday wine!
Together these cheeses are one heck of a flavour combo, making these amazingly tasty appetizers a hard treat to ignore at your next Christmas gathering!
Pastry-Wrapped Asparagus with Prosciutto & Two Cheeses
Watch out, this holiday appetizer is a crowd-pleaser! Buttery puff pastry is bursting with the flavours of fresh asparagus, cured prosciutto, and creamy Canadian cheese… your guests will definitely come back for seconds!
2 (10×10″) sheets butter puff pastry, cut into 12 squares
12 slices Baluchon
12 slices Boerenkaas
12 slices prosciutto
24 asparagus spears, ends removed
1 egg, lightly beaten
1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment.
2. Place six squares of butter puff pastry on each baking sheet. Top first square of pastry with one slice of Baluchon and one slice of Boerenkaas. Wrap one slice prosciutto around two asparagus spears; place on top of cheese slices. Fold over opposite corners of pastry and lightly press them together to seal. Repeat with all others. Brush with beaten egg.
3. Bake for 25-30 minutes until pastry is golden brown and light & flaky.
Looking for More Cheesy Inspiration?
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