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Asparagus Appetizer Spread

 Asparagus Appetizer Spread
The first time I made this spread was for a potluck get-together. It bought such great comments that I've been making it ever since. My husband and I have two children, 15 and 12. We live in a country home. Every year, we grow a garden, and we're both 4-H advisers.
6-8 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) sour cream, divided
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup finely chopped cooked ham
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • Assorted crackers

Directions

  • Cook asparagus in a small amount of water until tender. Drain,
  • reserving 1/4 cup liquid. Cool.
  • Puree asparagus until smooth. Add 1 cup sour cream and the cream
  • cheese; blend well.
  • In a saucepan, combine gelatin and reserved liquid; heat slowly until
  • the gelatin is dissolved. Remove from the heat; stir in the
  • asparagus mixture, ham, chives, salt and pepper. Pour into a greased
  • 1-qt. round-bottom bowl. Cover and chill until set, about 6 hours.
  • Unmold onto a plate and spread with reserved sour cream. Garnish with
  • additional chopped ham and cooked asparagus if desired. Serve with
  • crackers. Yield: 6-8 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 222 calories, 19 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 69 mg cholesterol, 429 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 8 g protein.