Sun dried tomato asparagus appetizers are my new favorite party food. These will be a big hit at any gathering. Good luck keeping these tasty morsels on the table!
It may sound like a lot of work to make vegan parmesan and then make sun dried tomato pesto just to make these appetizers, but the parm and the pesto come together in just a few minutes each, using your blender or food processor. Don’t let that stop you from trying these!
I also use almond milk in place of egg wash. Most puff pastries are “accidentally vegan.” Just be sure to check the ingredients to ensure that it’s vegan.
The size of your puff pastry and your asparagus tips will determine how many appetizers you can make. I had both large and small asparagus, so each appetizer had either one large tip of asparagus or two small tips. I cut some of my puff pastry into 2-inch squares and some into 2-1/4 inches square. With one sheet of puff pastry, I was able to make 26 appetizers. Once they were baked, I preferred the 2-1/4 inch sized appetizers.
The amount of parmesan and pesto made in the linked recipes is enough to make a few batches appetizers. You would just need to have two or three sheets of puff pastry available.
Assembling the appetizers is super easy! Once you’ve cut your pastry squares, place 1/2 teaspoon or more of the sun dried tomato pesto into the center of each square, spreading it out with the measuring spoon. Top with one or two tips of asparagus. Fold the corner farthest from you across the top of the asparagus. Dip your finger into the almond milk and smear it on the top of the folded corner. Then fold the corner closest to you across the top, sealing it to the top corner. Using the 2-1/2 inch x 1/8 inch strips you have pre-cut from the puff pastry, wrap a strip around the center of the appetizer where the corners overlap. Carefully turn the entire appetizer over in your hand and dab the back of it with almond milk. Wrap the center strip around both sides and press lightly onto the back.
If you find your puff pastry isn’t browning by the end of the baking time, turn on your oven broiler to its lowest setting and place the appetizers back in the oven. Do not leave them unattended or unwatched. Once they have browned to your liking, remove them from the oven and serve.
This appetizer is best served warm. Have one baking sheet of these in the oven while the last sheet of appetizers is being devoured, so you can keep your guests happy. However, if you need to make them ahead to take to an event, they are very good at room temperature, too.