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Appetizer & Sides

Asparagus Crostini

Prep Time: 15 min  |  Cook Time: 35 min  |  Servings: 24  |  Calories: 45
1523 AsparagusCrostini
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min

<p>These tasty and creative crostini are as beautiful as they are delicious. Our recipe combines flavors that are quintessentially spring-like with asparagus, pancetta and handmade crisps made with Sargento® Shredded Parmesan Cheese that look so fancy but are super easy to create! They will make these appetizers look incredibly gourmet and impressive.</p>

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Brush both sides of each slice of bread with 1/3 cup oil. Toast until lightly browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Let cool. (The crostini can be made up to 2 days ahead. Keep in an airtight container.)
  3. Place asparagus stalks on a baking sheet and drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast until the asparagus is just beginning to turn brown and crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Let sit until cool enough to handle. Cut the asparagus crosswise into 1/4-inch slices. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together Ricotta, 1/2 cup Parmesan and 2 tablespoons basil. Set aside. (This can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
  5. To make Parmesan crisps: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place a heaping teaspoonful of Parmesan on the baking sheet. Smooth into a rectangle about the length of each crostini. Repeat with remaining Parmesan, spacing about 1/2-inch apart. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool. (Parmesan crisps can be made 1 day ahead and stored in an airtight container.)
  6. In a medium sauté pan, place the pancetta over medium heat. Cook until pancetta is crisp and brown around the edges, about 6 minutes. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Let cool.
  7. Spread about 1 teaspoon of Ricotta-Parmesan mixture on each crostini. Lightly press 5 or 6 slices of asparagus and 3 or 4 pieces of pancetta into the cheese mixture. Bake 7 to 9 minutes, or until the cheese is heated through and the edges of the asparagus are a shade darker. Remove from the oven and let cool 5 minutes. Place a Parmesan crisp on top of each crostini, sprinkle with remaining basil and serve.

Nutrition Facts
24 Servings
Serving Size: (22g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.3 grams
Saturated Fat 1.1 grams
Monounsaturated Fat 1.9 grams
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2 grams
Total Carbohydrates 2 grams
Protein 2 grams
Vitamin A 9RE
Vitamin C 1mg 2%
Calcium 43mg 5%
The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
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