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Asparagus Ham Swirls

I came across the recipe for this hot appetizer years ago and have made it many tomes to share with friends and co-workers. Asparagus, ham and cheese combine into a fun finger food. —Nancy Ingersol, Midlothian, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 16 fresh asparagus spears, trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 16 thin slices fully cooked ham
  • 16 slices Swiss cheese
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • Canola oil

Directions

  • In a large skillet, cook asparagus in a small amount of water until crisp-tender, about 6-8 minutes; drain well. Spread about 1 teaspoon of mustard on each ham slice. Top with one slice of cheese.
  • Place an asparagus spear at one end (trim to fit if needed). Roll up each ham slice tightly; secure with three toothpicks. Dip ham rolls in egg, then roll in bread crumbs.
  • In an electric skillet, heat 1 in. of oil to 350°. Fry rolls, a few at a time, until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Drain on paper towels; keep warm.
  • Cut each roll between the toothpicks into three pieces.
Nutrition Facts
3 each: 144 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 670mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 12g protein.

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