Asparagus Pancetta Appetizer Recipe

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Looks like a candy cane

This asparagus pancetta appetizer is easy to make, doesn’t take a long time to prepare and it looks amazing on a platter. Also, who doesn’t like bacon and puff pastry?

I especially like about the asparagus pancetta dish that it looks festive, like a candy cane. That’s exactly what you want from a Christmas appetizer!

Like other appetizers I made for Christmas, this is pretty easy to make. You need a little patience and just pay attention to the stove, so you don’t overcook the puff pastry.

Of course, having good ingredients makes this dish better. For example, if you can find pancetta, that would be tastier than bacon; though, that doesn’t mean it won’t be great with bacon. Also, you want to get the asparagus as fresh as possible so it will keep from sagging after cooking in the oven.

I’ve had people tell me this is a great idea to get kids to easy more asparagus, so that’s one reason to try this recipe. In any case I think this asparagus pancetta appetizer will impress your friends and family – for Christmas or any other special occasion. Enjoy!

5 from 1 vote

Asparagus Pancetta

A simple but interesting Christmas appetizer! It’s a nice crunchy snack to enjoy with your friends while enjoying a glass of red wine
Servings 6 people


Baking Sheet
Oven Tray
Pastry brush


  • puff pastry
  • pancetta (or prosciutto or any thin cut fresh bacon)
  • 1 bundle asparagus
  • 1 egg
  • pepper


  • Cut the woody bottom part of the asparagus.
  • Cut the puff pastry sheet into strips as wide as the asparagus, more or less.
  • Do the same with the pancetta, cut it in strips.
  • Take an asparagus and wrap a strip of pancetta around it, leaving some room.
  • Then wrap the puff pastry strips the same way, in the spaces between the pancetta strips. This will create a nice “candy cane like” look.
  • Put all the decorated asparagus pieces in an oven tray covered in baking sheet and cover them with some unsalted egg wash. For a bit of a kick, sprinkle some pepper over.
  • The tray goes into the preheated oven, at 392 degrees fahrenheit (or 200 degrees) celsius for about 10 minutes, or until the pastry turns golden brown.

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  1. 5 stars
    A great appetizer, very healthy and easy to make!

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