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Asparagus Puff Ring

 Asparagus Puff Ring
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
6 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 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 King Arthur Unbleached 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

  • 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

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Asparagus Puff Ring (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • tablespoons Parmesan cheese.
  • 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.
  • Meanwhile, cook asparagus in a small amount of water for 3-4 minutes
  • or until crisp-tender; drain.
  • 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.
  • Stir in ham and asparagus; spoon into ring. Serve immediately. Yield:
  • 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 427 calories, 28 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 192 mg cholesterol, 1,324 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 22 g protein.