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Asparagus Ham & Cheese Rolls

Chock-full of fresh flavor, these scrumptious snacks are perfect to pack for a picnic or ball game. When I'm pressed for time, I prepare the dough for the flaky golden rolls in my bread machine. —Amy Davis of Folsom, New Mexico
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 egg whites, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 block (4 ounces) cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 2 cups diced fully cooked lean ham

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine 2-1/2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a saucepan, heat milk, water and oil to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Add one egg white and egg; beating until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, place 1/2 in. of water and asparagus in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 3-5 minutes. Drain.
  • Divide dough into 24 pieces; roll each piece into a 5-in. circle. Place a few pieces of asparagus, a cheese cube and a tablespoon of ham in the center of each circle. Wrap dough around filling, pinching seams to seal. Place rolls, seam side down, 2 in. apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Beat remaining egg white; brush over rolls. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 129 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 237mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 lean meat.
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