Pickled asparagus. It’s not just for bloody Mary’s. It’s very versatile if you let your mind wander, there are gobs of things you can do with it. Take for instance these Bacon & Cheese Phyllo Wrapped Pickled Asparagus appetizers. A show stopping appetizer!
Bacon & Cheese Phyllo Wrapped Pickled Asparagus is a delicious hot appetizer that has a beautiful presentation. Phyllo dough sprinkled with bacon, parmesan and romano cheese and wrapped around perfectly spiced, pickled asparagus. You won’t need any more spices when each jar is made with “Mom’s Killer Asparagus Recipe!"
It all started in 1998 when Neal Ely gathered his family around their kitchen table in Grafton, NE. The task at hand was for Neal to decide what his project would be that year for FFA. For those of you who aren’t sure what FFA stands for, it’s the Future Farmers of America.
Then the idea hit them, Asparagus! They could grow it, and his mom, Tami, already has an amazing family recipe for pickling the family’s favorite vegetable.
Ely Farms Pickled Asparagus Spears were a national FFA entrepreneur winner. Since its beginning, Ely Farms Pickled Asparagus Spears have become a highly acclaimed specialty product in the state of Nebraska – known for its unique taste.
When I set out to make an appetizer worthy of this amazing family and company, I knew it had to be something epic! I have made a similar recipe to this, only using bread dough and fresh asparagus. The best part about using pickled asparagus vs. fresh asparagus? Flavor and time.
You have to blanch the fresh asparagus, and of course, season it. Ely Farms has already taken care of all of that for you. Each jar has red hot chili pepper, spices, salt, and garlic. That vinegar gives it a special zip that really sets this appetizer apart from the rest. __________________________________________________________________________
- 16 spears of Ely Farms Pickled Asparagus (about half of a 16 ounce jar)
- 4 sheets Phyllo Dough, thawed
- 1/4 stick butter, melted
- 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan Reggiano cheese
- 1/4 cup crisp bacon crumbles (about two slices, cooked and crumbled)
Working with Phyllo takes some patience, so find that first. But the reward is so worth it!