Filo Rolls with Asparagus, Chorizo and Parmesan

filo_asppIn recent years I have been experimenting with green asparagus so often, I have almost forgotten the old monotony of “side-dishy” spears topped with sauce. While white asparagus is more delicate and trickier to both cook and serve, the green or violet thinner variety is one of the most versatile vegetables I know. These cute rolls confirmed once more its huge potential and added one more line to my beloved filo pastry recipes collection. Two reasons to believe that these are bound to become my staple treat throughout spring and summer.

Even though I did intend to combine filo pastry and asparagus, this fabulous idea was unfortunately not mine. In fact, after a quick search I realised that asparagus and filo rolls (often called “asparagus cigars”) are quite popular on the web, but since filo has been quite a recent addition to my cooking products, I noticed them only now. The idea seemed quite simple to copy (though born in the head of a genius!), so instead of following a precise recipe, I decided to make them my way. I added some chorizo and parmesan to spice up the rolls and to make them richer and it was enough to create a light though filling snack or part of a main course. The ingredients paired very well, enhancing the delicate asparagus taste, without hiding it. I have enjoyed them as a full light lunch, with a green salad, but I imagine these rolls very well as a starter or a snack, also fit for a party. In short, a lovely light spring dish.

Here are some other asparagus recipes you might like:

Asparagus with Chicken and Miso

Asparagus with Chicken and Miso

Asparagus Maki Sushi

Asparagus Maki Sushi

Bread Tartlet with Egg and Asparagus

Bread Tartlet with Egg and Asparagus

Asparagus Teriyaki Pork Rolls

Asparagus Teriyaki Pork Rolls

Chawan Mushi (Egg Custard) with Asparagus

Chawan Mushi (Egg Custard) with Asparagus

Asparagus Tempura

Asparagus Tempura

Asparagus with Cashew Nuts and Chicken

Asparagus with Cashew Nuts and Chicken

Tama Konnyaku with Asparagus

Tama Konnyaku with Asparagus

 

Rice, Asparagus and Fried Egg

Rice, Asparagus and Fried Egg

 

TIPS:

I didn’t feel the need to grease my folded sheets before rolling them around the asparagus spears. I brushed the rolls with oil on top only before baking, but if you feel like brushing filo pastry before rolling, feel free to do it.

I made these rolls twice and the second time decided to cut each asparagus spear into three bite-sized pieces in order to make the eating process easier. They look as whole at first sight, but you don’t risk taking out a whole spear while you bite into them or cut them. This is especially important if you treat these rolls as snacks and eat them with your hands.

If you don’t like/have parmesan, you can use any similar cheese of your choice (such as pecorino which by the way I intend to use here next time). You might even use softer melting thinly sliced cheese. There is one thing I’d advise though: since asparagus is far from being a cheap ingredient, I suggest using real, good quality, matured cheese (not a tasteless industrial copy).

Preparation: 15 minutes + 10 – 15 minutes baking

Ingredients (serves two as a light main course, if served with a salad, or three as a starter/snack):

6 filo/phyllo pastry sheets

18 green asparagus spears (about 1 cm diameter at the bottom) or more  

12 paper thin thick chorizo slices

6 heaped tablespoons freshly grated parmesan (I think pecorino or other similar cheese would be fantastic here too)

oil to brush the rolls before baking

Preheat the oven to 200°C.

Cut off the toughest parts of asparagus spears (I usually cut lower 1/4-1/3 depending on the spear).

Wash and dry them.

Take one filo pastry sheet, fold it in two lengthwise and place it on the chopping board, the shorter side close to you.

Take two slices of chorizo and place them horizontally on the filo pastry sheet (about 5cm/2 in from the border closer to you).

Take three asparagus spears, cut them into three bite-sized pieces each and place horizontally on the chorizo slices, putting them back into the original form. Make sure the asparagus tops go slightly beyond the pastry.

Grate about one heaped tablespoon of parmesan over the asparagus spears.

Fold the lateral edge of the pastry sheet until it meets the the longest asparagus low end.

Roll the filo pastry tightly but delicately, starting from the edge which is closest to you, remembering to keep one (left or right) side folded, so that asparagus spears don’t fall out when you eat them.

Proceed in the same way with the remaining rolls.

Brush the top of the rolls with some oil, place on baking paper and bake in the oven until golden (about 15 minutes in mine).

Watch them often as they tend to burn quite quickly.

Serve as a snack, a starter or a main course with a salad. (In case you wonder, I have sprinkled them with some shichimi togarashi, a Japanese spicy seasoning mixture).

13 comments on “Filo Rolls with Asparagus, Chorizo and Parmesan

  1. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles

    In fact, that was the first thing I was wondering!! (I noticed the sprinkles right away — both eye catching and intriguing). Sissi, this is precisely the kind of delightful bite I would like to serve at a spring brunch. It’s fun, different and has an element of excitement/celebration that makes it a little special thanks to the filo. I know what you mean about pulling out the whole spear, especially tricky when the asparagus is hot! I bet the spicy chorizo is delightful here with the Parm and I just love the colour of your baked filo – golden perfection; very appetizing. You have so many beautiful asparagus dishes for us — love your seasonal selection. The green is so pretty, isn’t it?

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    1. Sissi Post author

      Thank you so much, Kelly. In fact I did these rolls twice and first time I put the whole spears… It was a nightmare to eat!
      I hope there are not many readers of my blog who hate asparagus… I’m afraid there will be some more recipes in the future too. I love it so much and have so much fun experimenting with it, I still wonder how I survived so many years without it!

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  2. Eva Taylor

    We are all on the same page today Sissi, Charles just posted a lovely asparagus salad and we served asparagus at our Easter dinner yesterday so I had leftover asparagus for lunch! It really is an iconic vegetable and speaks volumes that it’s finally spring! I made crêpes with sautéed asparagus with onions and mini tomatoes and then I added a bit of soft goats cheese, oh my it was good.
    Your phyllo wraps are beautiful and I can just imaging how tasty they are too. Perfect for a summer garden party. Today we are expecting temperatures to hit 21°C but it sure was chilly for my walk in the park this morning.

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    1. Sissi Post author

      Thanks a lot, Eva. Your crêpes sound fantastic! I must steal your idea ;-) I’m glad it’s finally warm in Canada.

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  3. A_Boleyn

    Another great idea for using phyllo, Sissi. I grilled aspargus spears to serve with my Easter lamb and sprinkled the chopped spears with feta but some combination of those great flavours would be great in these cigars too.

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    1. Sissi Post author

      Thank you, A_Boleyn (with your frequent filo posts you are the one who gave me the filo “virus”, remember? I am still very grateful!). Feta and asparagus go perfectly well together too. I have been meaning to post something with this combination too, but maybe I should wait a bit before my readers are bored to death by asparagus posts ;-)

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      1. A_Boleyn

        Although I’ve only made 4 phyllo posts, they seem to have inspired people to give the pastry a try which is very flattering. You can never have too many asparagus posts.

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  4. wok with ray

    Asparagus, chorizo and parmesan — all perfect ingredients for a party finger food and on top of it, rolled in a filo. I can’t promise how many of your rolls I will eat; for sure not just one. Have a good week, Sissi! :)

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    1. Sissi Post author

      Thanks a lot, Ray. I think that if you like the filling ingredients, you might end up eating lots of these ;-) They are light and disappear in no time at all.

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  5. Juliana

    Oh Sissi, I just used up a package of filo dough, since it was my first time I just rolled it up with a mixture of butter, sugar and cinnamon…next time buying the dough I will try your recipe…so simple and yet elegant.
    Thanks for the inspiration….have a great week dear :D

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  6. Katerina

    Now that’s an interesting idea! I haven;t thought of covering asparagus with phylo. I love it! And they look very elegant and sophisticated. Perfect to impress your guests!

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  7. Karen (Back Road Journal)

    Sissi, I love the combination of flavors in your asparagus rolls. They are so pretty, they would be perfect as a starter course when entertaining guests. Thanks for the tip about cutting them into thirds…that does indeed make it easier to eat them, especially when hot.

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