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Beef-and-Asparagus Bundles

Ralph Anderson; Mindi Shapiro Levine
Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 2 mins
Yield Makes 16 bundles (8 appetizer servings)

Ingredients

  • 16 asparagus spears
  • 1 (4-oz.) package garlic-and-herb spreadable cheese
  • 2 heads Bibb lettuce, leaves separated
  • 8 thin slices deli roast beef, halved
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 16 strips
  • 16 fresh chives (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Snap off and discard tough ends of asparagus. Cut asparagus tips into 3 1/2-inch pieces, reserving any remaining end portions for another use.

  2. Cook asparagus in boiling water to cover 1 to 2 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain and pat dry with paper towels.

  3. Spoon cheese into a 1-qt. zip-top plastic freezer bag. (Do not seal.) Snip 1 corner of bag to make a small hole, and pipe cheese down center of each lettuce leaf. Arrange 1 roast beef slice, 1 asparagus spear, and 1 red bell pepper strip in each lettuce leaf. If desired, wrap sides of lettuce around roast beef and vegetables, and tie bundles with chives.

  4. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Alouette Garlic & Herbs for garlic-and-herb spreadable cheese and Boar's Head Londonport Seasoned Roast Beef for deli roast beef.