True confessions.

I have never cooked asparagus in my life.

I’ve decorated with it.

I’ve covered vases with asparagus spears and made asparagus arrangements and tucked nests inside asparagus and filled mantels of milk glass containers with asparagus in the spring.

It’s my go-to vegetable.

But cooked it?

In an oven?



I was actually trying to remember if I had even eaten it before.  I’m sure I have….in a fancy restaurant where they are heavy on the swirled sauce designs on the plates and light on the actual food.  You know….those places where you leave hungry and then go home and eat ice cream.

That’s what I’ve always thought of asparagus.

Until now.

I’m not even sure why I chose this exact moment of my life to begin my asparagus journey.

But I’m so happy that I did and just in case you are only decorating with asparagus, too….let me be the first to tell you….it is absolutely delicious.

And when you wrap it in puffed pastry with parmesan cheese and sprinkle it with sea salt and dip it in balsamic vinegar sauce?


You’ll never wrap it around a vase again. 🙂


Pastry Wrapped Asparagus

inspired by this recipe from Country Living


1 box (2 sheets) puffed pastry thawed

1 cup grated parmesan cheese

20 asparagus spears

coarse sea salt to taste (I used Morton’s)

3/4 cups balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon sugar

1 bay leafAsparagus

Step 1:  Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2:  Remove packaging from asparagus and wash thoroughly and set aside to dry on a paper towel.


Step 3:  On a floured work surface, unfold pastry and cut into thirds as shown.


Step 4:  Roll each of the three sheets into a long tube as shown.


Step 5:  Cut each of the tubes into four equal sections.


Step 6:  Unroll pastry and place one asparagus spear in the center of the pastry square as shown.

Add sprinkling of parmesan cheese.


Step 7:  Roll pastry around asparagus spear.

Brush water on the pastry flap and pinch close.

Place wrapped asparagus onto parchment paper.

Repeat for the remaining sections of the puffed pastry rolls.

Brush tops of pastry with water and sprinkle with sea salt.

Insert into oven and cook for 15-18 minutes until golden brown.

Step 8:  Make a balsamic dipping sauce by combining vinegar, sugar and bay leaf  in a skillet on the stove over medium-high heat.

Bring to a gentle boil and cook until liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup (12 to 15 minutes).

Strain sauce to remove herbs.

Serve with warm pastry wrapped asparagus spears.


Today asparagus.

Tomorrow artichokes.

I can tell this whole cooking instead of decorating vegetable thing is going to be totally life-changing. 🙂


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  1. Image for Heidi @ Decor & More Heidi @ Decor & More

    Ok, I don't read a lot of recipe posts, but you had me at asparagus! it's a favorite in our house and this is a new option i'll have to try! Thanks for sharing. :) xo Heidi ps-- hope you're well! let's catch up!

  2. Image for kirby carespodi kirby carespodi

    Must try these! We love asparagus at our house, but normally just do a quick turn in a hot pan with olive oil and sea salt and maybe mushrooms, if we have some. (It's also good with chicken breasts wrapped around it, baked in a little broth and butter with salt and pepper. Asparagus is very versatile that way!)

  3. Image for Sally Sally

    My idea of asparagus is on buttered toast with salt and peppa -- the asparagus being out of a can, of course. That's how we ate it growing up. I probably ate it more as a kid than an adult. But now you're going all "macaroni and cheese, wha? I'm gourmet!" ;D -- so I'll have to try it your way. I'm sure it's delish -- not to mention beautiful. {I'm starting to think that "macaroni and cheese kitchen" thing is all a hoax, girlfriend! You are really brilliant in the kitchen! xo ~Sally (Happy Easter!)

  4. Image for lynn@thevintagenest lynn@thevintagenest

    Gorgeous presentation but I have so many mouths to feed this weekend, I am just roasting mine with sprinkled feta cheese. This is so pretty and fancy I am going to try it for just a dinner of four though. One of the things I love about Spring is the fresh asparagus coming to the markets! Happy happy Easter Karianne to you and your family. xo

  5. Image for Christy Christy

    Look at you, gettin' all high-falutin' with your Pastry Wrapped Asparagus! LOL It looks delicious, and welcome to the wonderful world of spring vegetables! :)

  6. Image for Denise at Forest Manor Denise at Forest Manor

    Hi Kari, Your asparagus looks sooo pretty -- even though it's for eating and not for decorating. :) I LOVE asparagus, and your recipe looks just delicious; thanks so much for sharing!! I like asparagus almost any way it's prepared, although I'm still not a fan of the canned variety. I say this because apparently really hard-core asparagus fans even like it out of the can. I hope you have a wonderful day! Denise

  7. Image for Anne Presley Anne Presley

    Looks like Spring. When it is 29 degrees it was a delight to be reminded that Spring is coming- He is risen!

  8. Image for Trish @TheOldPostRoad Trish @TheOldPostRoad

    My son's favorite veggie is asparagus because it is proper etiquette to eat it with your fingers. Isn't he silly?! We just lay them in a dish- drizzle with olive oil and parmesan cheese, and bake at 400 for about 6 -8 minutes. Easy and delicious. -Trish

  9. Image for Trina @ Trina @

    Asparagus is not my thing. Makes your pee stink. Really, it does. I know, my husband eats a lot of it. Did I say too much? I digress, your photos make it look absolutely delightful! Maybe I could just eat the puff pastry and cheese, b.c cheese is my thing. There can never be enough cheese. Happy Veggie Day!

  10. Image for Marian Marian

    Now I'm hungry. And I want to try wrapping asparagus around a vase. But I'd have to do it in a way that would allow me to still eat it when I was done. Like with twine or something. That would actually be pretty cute. Twine on the top and bottom, holding things in place. But I'd need like 4 hands to get it all tied together without it falling off or pulling all my hair out with exasperation. Why is it so hard for a girl to have her asparagus and eat it too?

    1. Image for Pinky Pinky

      Wrap a rubber band around the vase FIRST, then slip the spears inside the rubber band. Cover the band with ribbon, twine or whatever you want.

  11. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    That looks fantastic! I love asparagus...I'm trying spiced cauliflower for Easter. I'd rather decorate with artichokes...the hearts are Quite good. Just don't ask me to eat or decorate with zucchini! ;)

  12. Image for Regina Regina

    I am totally impressed. I've eaten asparagus a few times, was not impressed - but wrap it in pastry and parmesan cheese? I'm in!! I was at a writing conference a few years ago, in Indianapolis, where they MUST have gotten a deal on asparagus - it was literally on our plate at 5 meals over the course of three days . . . it's actually very pretty on a breakfast plate . . . we started wondering if it was being recycled . . . . ;)

  13. Image for Elizabeth Elizabeth

    I'm in love with asparagus. To my eye the ratio of asparagus to pastry is off- I would shove about three more in there for balance and flavor. You just can't go wrong.

  14. Image for Leen Leen

    looks delish! I am so serving this on Easter! Thanks for sharing! I just tried asparagus for the first time last year and I too love it! And brussel sprouts. The first time I had brussel sprouts, James and I were at a restaurant with our new baby (years ago) and I took the baby to the car to nurse him and when I came back, my husband, my man who knows me better than anyone had ordered for me... brussel spouts. I was so irritated with him (could have been a touch of postpartum depression going on!) until I tried them. They are totally delish! if you haven't tried them yet let me know, I will give you a great recipe :)

  15. Image for Suzanne of SimplySuzannes Suzanne of SimplySuzannes

    I fell in love with asparagus by making this exact recipe! Be sure and try roasted asparagus on salads. It's delicious!

  16. Image for chrissi chrissi

    thanks so much for posting this recipe. i know it will be the hit of our easter buffet. that same balsamic vinegar sauce works great on roasted veggies too. my family even likes it on fresh strawberries.

  17. Image for Lauren Lauren

    Asparagus is my absolute FAVORITE vegetable! I have never seen it prepared like this before - sounds delicious! It is definitely going on my meal plan for next week. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Image for Anne@DesignDreams Anne@DesignDreams

    I saw this photo float by on my FB news feed and had to pop over to comment! good for you learning to cook in this way! I'm so proud of you. And such a healthy choice too, well, minus the thick pastry. The photo kind of makes me think of a really skinny man with a huge towel wrapped around him. Have you missed me?? xox

  19. Image for Beverly Beverly

    Girl, you will be cooking for "the queen" soon at the rate you are going. We love asparagus. I laughed aloud at the earlier comment about it making your pee smell. My guys have to bring that up every time we have it. What is it about guys?

  20. Image for Jennifer @ Miller Musings Jennifer @ Miller Musings

    YUM! I love asparagus! My favorite is grilled asparagus: rub some toss those guys in olive oil and a little sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, grill them turning every few minutes until they look amazing, drizzle in a tiny bit more olive oil and some fresh squeezed lemon juice-seriously one of the best things ever!!

  21. Image for Susan Susan

    I made this recipe the other night; the only difference is that I made my own puff pastry! Easy recipe on King Arthur Flour and it taste great. I love adding twists to old favorites. Great job, Kari ann, XOXO

  22. Image for Barbara F Barbara F

    KariAnne, you've come a long way for someone who used to be a mac and cheese gal! These sound delicious and look so elegant, can't wait to make them.

  23. Image for Christelle Christelle

    When I saw the topic of your blog in my inbox, my first thought was "I've never even had asparagus..." and I felt kinda embarassed... And then I read your post and I felt way better! My sister's little baby loves asparagus, and my kids won't even know what it is. But we are definitely going to try it wrapped in pastry. Everything is great in pastry :) Thanks so much!

  24. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Decorating with asparagus? I've never heard of that. We love to eat it so much I can't imagine doing it! I'm glad to hear you have jumped on the bandwagon, there is no other vegetable as delicious...with so many ways to cook it. I actually used it on pizza with crab meat last night...heaven. Debbie :)

  25. Image for Zolane Zolane

    While I'm not a huge asparagus fan, your description and beautiful photos make me want to run out and buy some tonight! I will definitely make this for my next family meal with my hubby's folks and am hoping it looks half as good as yours :) Thanks so much, KariAnne!!!

  26. Image for maryJean maryJean

    LOL. The part where you go home hungry after dainty appetizers and eat ice cream. Haven't we all done that? (It takes a lot to make me LOL this early in the a.m.) You have a way of taking the ordinary, human experience and bringing humor and even a giggle to it. What a gift!

  27. Image for Kathy :) Kathy :)

    I can't wait to try this Karianne!! I am going to be "top chef" I can feel it !! My peeps love this veggie (not me) I am a fussy one, wish this was not my reality! My grandparents grew this veggie I used to pick it for them, but I wouldn't eat it ha !! Now get this, I make an excellent asparagus that people ask me to make....... here's my recipe: In a plastic zip lock bag put your asparagus, add olive oil, sea salt and a splash of lemon juice, coat well, I let them sit while oven is heating to 350. Place on a baking sheet cook for around 15-18 mins......... I'm told they're awesome

  28. Image for Kathy :) Kathy :)

    I can't wait to try this Karianne!! I am going to be "top chef" I can feel it !! My peeps love this veggie (not me) I am a fussy one, wish this was not my reality! My grandparents grew this veggie I used to pick it for them, but I wouldn't eat it ha !! Now get this, I make an excellent asparagus that people ask me to make....... here's my recipe: In a plastic zip lock bag put your asparagus, add olive oil, sea salt and a splash of lemon juice, coat well, I let them sit while oven is heating to 350. Place on a baking sheet cook for around 15-18 mins......... I'm told they're awesome

  29. Image for Sarah Sarah

    You have such a charming way of sharing your thoughts. '-) Will give this recipe a try, but I already am a fan of asparagus as one of the food groups. I love it in salads, in soups, as a side dish, served warm or cold........And I also am a fan of using it to wrap a vase or candle or as part of a flower arrangement. This is an elegant presentation! Happy Easter to you and your sweet family, Kari Anne. ~ Sarah

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