Asparagus and Parma Ham Twists with Pesto

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Asparagus and Parma Ham Twists with Pesto

Haven’t we been spoilt this weekend with proper Summer weather (and it’s not even technically Summer yet)! So many of us took to great outdoors (including yours truly) and what’s better way of enjoying the sunshine than to have a picnic! Oh, or BBQ of course, although this post is all about another picnic food – Asparagus and Parma Ham Twists with Pesto! 

Picnic food should be easy to make, portable and of course delicious. My twists tick all the boxes, you’ll be pleased to hear. 🙂 They only take half an hour to make too so you can be out the door before you know it! The flavours and textures work together nicely as you get soft and crispy, mellow and salty plus slightly garlicy and herby pesto to top it all off. Heaven!

Make sure you check out my other snack recipes Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Turkey Rolls or perhaps some melt in your mouth Cheese Straws

The recipe below is for a small batch of 8 but it’s super easy to double or triple. Simply make as much as you need and then some cause trust me, they won’t last long!

Asparagus and Parma Ham Twists with Pesto

Yield: 8


  • 8 asparagus spears (woody ends trimmed)
  • 4 slices of parma ham (cut in half lengthwise)
  • half 375g ready rolled puff pastry
  • 2 Tbsp pesto
  • 1 egg


  1. Prepare your asparagus by snapping off woody ends.
  2. Roll out puff pastry sheet and cut it in half widthwise (you only need half of the regular size ready rolled sheet for 8 asparagus spears).
  3. Cut each parma ham slice in half and wrap each half around asparagus spear.
  4. Spread pesto over the puff pastry and cut it into 8 even size strips (widthwise).
  5. Wrap each pastry strip around parma ham wrapped asparagus (in overlapping way to create "twist" effect) and place on a baking tray.
  6. Brush each twist gently with beaten egg and bake at 180C for 20 min.
  7. Enjoy!

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  • Reply Corina

    These look yummy and would be the perfect addition to a picnic! I’d have to make plenty as I’m sure they’re addictive once you start eating them! Thanks so much for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice x

    June 19, 2017 at 9:33 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Oh they so are! 🙂 Even kids will eat them even though they are not too keen on asparagus. They make an exception here as it’s covered in pastry and ham 🙂 x

      June 19, 2017 at 10:03 am
  • Reply Kat (The Baking Explorer)

    I love asparagus, and wrapping them in pastry sounds epic! Thanks for linking up to #TreatPetite!

    June 19, 2017 at 1:31 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Kat! 🙂 x

      June 19, 2017 at 6:30 pm
  • Reply Rebecca Smith

    These look delicious Jo, perfect grub for a picnic, it’s far too hot to be thinking about cooking and eating hot dinners at the moment so a plate of these with some salad and coleslaw would be prefect right now! #recipeoftheweek

    June 19, 2017 at 2:49 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Absolutely! I do love picky foods for dinner in the Summer or on a busy weeknight. These fit the bill perfectly. Thanks for your lovely comment 🙂 x

      June 19, 2017 at 8:45 pm
  • Reply Jacqui Bellefontaine

    They do look good. would make fabulous pre dinner nibbles. I can just imagine eating these with a glass of cold dry sherry.
    Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare

    June 19, 2017 at 3:49 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Jacqui! They are so versatile, aren’t they? It would be a glass of red for me please, chin-chin 🙂

      June 19, 2017 at 8:48 pm
  • Reply Karly

    This is how all veggies should be! Cannot get over how stinking delicious these look. Perfect as a party app, snack or potluck addition!

    June 20, 2017 at 2:52 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you Karly! 🙂 They do look scrummy don’t they and taste as delicious I promise 🙂 I hope you’ll get the chance to give them a try. x

      June 20, 2017 at 9:45 am
  • Reply Jenny Paulin

    ooooh this is another fab idea for posh canapés or a posh picnic snack. or even just because I love everything abhor them! thank you for joining in with #Bakeoftheweek x

    June 20, 2017 at 8:47 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you Jenny! x

      June 20, 2017 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Kate

    These look really delicious. Im a big fan of asparagus. These would be perfect for a posh picnic or as bbq nibbles. I think my daughters might enjoy helping me make them too! #recipeoftheweek

    June 20, 2017 at 8:51 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you Kate! I think these would be perfect for little helpers hands! x

      June 20, 2017 at 9:48 am
  • Reply NInjacat

    what a gorgeous recipe perfect for the summer weather and of course for picnics
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    June 20, 2017 at 8:58 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks 🙂 Quick, easy and tasty is the key in this heat for sure! 🙂 x

      June 20, 2017 at 9:49 am
  • Reply Mayuri Patel

    These twists look awesome… I’ll skip the ham and try the recipe out. Thanks for sharing.

    June 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you so much Mayuri! I hope you like them! x

      June 23, 2017 at 6:31 pm
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