Ham And Cheese Asparagus Braid With Dijon Mustard
Asparagus is one of the most versatile vegetables we can think of. It's featured in tons of delicious dishes, sometimes as the lead and sometimes as the supporting actor. But if you think you already know exactly how asparagus was meant to be used, think again, because we've created a ham and cheese asparagus braid that you'll be dying to try!
For the dough:
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 stick butter, frozen and cut into cubes
- 1 pinch of salt
For the filling:
- 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 8 slices of ham
- 4 slices of Swiss cheese
- 1 block of feta cheese, cut in half lengthwise
- ⅓ cup garlic & herb sauce
- 6-8 oz green asparagus stalks
- 1 egg white
- sea salt
1. Knead the flour, Greek yogurt, salt, and frozen butter into a smooth dough (if the frozen butter is too hard to work, you can grate it or cut it into even smaller pieces, but just make sure it's frozen because that's what makes the dough extra smooth and silky!). Fold each end of the dough toward the middle, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate the dough for 45 minutes.
2. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Remove the dough from the fridge, roll it out into a rectangle, cut off any excess dough, and place the rectangle on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Spread the Dijon mustard down the middle of the dough and cover it with half of the ham slices, then half of the Swiss cheese slices, then the other half of the ham slices, and finally the remaining Swiss cheese slices.
3. Place the feta cheese on top of the layered ham and cheese slices and spread the garlic & herb sauce over it.
4. Make evenly-spaced diagonal incisions in the dough on either side of the ham and cheese block.
5. Cut the asparagus tips to size – they should be about 2-3 inches long, including the head. Now braid the dough as shown in the video and place an asparagus tip in each dough pocket on both sides.
6. Brush the dough with the egg white, sprinkle sea salt on top, put the pan in the oven, and cook the ham and cheese asparagus braid for 15-20 minutes.
Puff pastry filled with ham and cheese may not seem like anything too special, but once you add asparagus into the mix, the whole dish gets elevated to a whole new level of tastiness. Plus, we eat with our eyes, and this asparagus braid definitely tastes as delicious as it looks!
Get the recipe for the Pizza Braid featured in the bonus video.