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Asparagus Puff Ring

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.

Makes

6 servings

Every spring when I make this family-favorite entree. I'm struck by how impressive it looks. Ham and asparagus in a creamy sauce are pile high in a cheesy cream puff shell. It's delicious and deceivingly simple to prepare! —Shirley De Lange, Byron Center, Michigan

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • FILLING:
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups diced fully cooked ham

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring water and butter to a boil. Add flour and salt all at once; stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each; beat until smooth. Stir in 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese.
  2. Using 1/4 cupfuls of dough, form a ring around the sides of a greased 10-in. quiche pan or pie plate (mounds should touch). Top with the remaining cheese. Bake at 400° for 35 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cook asparagus in a small amount of water for 3-4 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain.
  4. In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until blended. Gradually add milk; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; add cheeses and stir until melted.
  5. Stir in ham and asparagus; spoon into ring. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 427 calories, 28g fat (15g saturated fat), 192mg cholesterol, 1324mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 22g protein.

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