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Recipe: British Asparagus Cigars

16th January 2014

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This is a great, simple snack for parties - double or triple the recipe as they disappear quickly.

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Serves: 16 sharing

You’ll need:

2 bundles of British asparagus

4 sheets of ready-made filo pastry

50g butter melted

2 handfuls of finely grated parmesan


Black pepper

What to do:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 190°c

2. Cook the asparagus in well salted water, cooking it for only 1 - 2 minutes once it has come back to the boil.

3. Drain and cool the asparagus in cold water then drain again, making sure it’s thoroughly dry with a tea towel.

4. Cut the asparagus 2/3 of the way down, either discarding the lower stem or saving it for a soup, such as pea and asparagus.

5. Take one sheet of filo pastry and brush it lightly but thoroughly all over with butter. Cut each piece into four. Place each asparagus spear along the bottom of your filo piece and roll snugly but not over tightly.

6. Picking it up with your fingers brush the outside with butter again, then scatter the grated parmesan thoroughly over the top of each cigar.

7. Lay them down on a tray lined with greaseproof paper with the outside edge of the filo facing down on the paper, this stops them unravelling when they cook.

8. Once done grind over with a heavy bombardment of black pepper.

9. Place in the oven for 15- 18 minutes until deep golden and crispy.

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