RECIPE: Leek and Asparagus Strudel

kathleencaDecember 29, 2009

I made this for an appetizer over the weekend. It was a big hit & it's still good two days later.

Leek and Asparagus Strudel

3 Tbsp plus 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, divided use

2 medium leeks (white & pale green parts only), sliced

1 lb asparagus, trimmed & cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces

4 oz Gruyere cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)

3 extra large eggs, divided use

3 Tbsp fresh dill or 1 tsp dried

2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

9 fresh or frozen phyllo sheets, thawed (17x12 inches)

Melt 3 Tbsp of the cold butter in a large heavy saute pan over medium heat.

Add the leeks & saute until tender & translucent, about 6 min.

Add the asparagus & saute until bright green & crisp-tender, about 3 min.

Remove from the heat & set aside until the asparagus mixture is room temperature.

Stir in the cheese, 2 eggs, dill, parsley, lemon juice, salt & pepper.

Put an oven rack in the middle of the oven & preheat to 350 degrees.

Melt the remaining 1/2 c. butter. Brush a large heavy baking sheet with some of the butter.

Lay one phyllo sheet on a work surface & brush lightly with butter. Repeat this using seven more phyllo sheets & melted butter.

Spoon the asparagus mixture on the phyllo stack, forming a 12x3 log & leaving a 2-inch border of phyllo on each short side.

Fold the short edges in.

Fold 1 inch of the long side furthest from you toward the filling.

Beginning at the longside closest to you,roll up the strudel tightly to enclose the filing completely, as for a burrito, making sure the ends are tucked in & ending with the 1-inch seam on the bottom.

Transfer the strudel to the baking sheet, seam side down, in the center of the prepared baking sheet.

Brush some of the remaining melted butter over the sides & ends of the strudel.

Brush the remaining sheet of phyllo with the remaining melted butter. Cut the phyllo sheet into 4 squares.

Gather each phyllo square together to form loose rosettes.

Beat the remaining 1 egg with the remaining melted butter in a small bowl to blend.

Lightly brush the top of the strudel with the beaten egg to help keep the rosettes in place. Set the rosettes atop the strudel.

Bake uncovered until golden brown, 30-55 minutes. (A small amount of filling may leak out.) Let cool for 20 minutes. Cut the strudel crosswise into slices & serve.

Do Ahead: The strudel can be assembled, covered & refrigerated 1 day ahead.

NOTE: Unstead of phyllo, I used 2 sheets of frozen puff pastry, thawed. I placed one sheet on the baking sheet, spooned the asparagus mixture on it, & topped with the second sheet of puff pastry. I pinched all the edges together. I assembled the strudel the night before.

Source: Celebrating with Julienne cookbook

Here is a link that might be useful: Celebrating with Julienne cookbook

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iris_gal

I love using phyllo for other things besides Baklava. So elegant.
Thanks for this recipe. Sounds delic.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2010 at 4:58PM
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jessyf

A classic. One enduring variation is from the Silver Palate. I have some frozen, unbaked in my freezer!

Asparagus strudel

Recipe originally from The Silver Palate Cookbook

8 servings

Submitted by Jane41260
April 5, 2009
3/4 pound Asparagus - trimmed and cut into 1 inch lengths
2 medium size leeks, white parts only, thinly sliced and washed well
2 1/2 sticks sweet butter melted
1/2 pound Gruyere cheese grated
2 ounces sliced almonds toasted
3 eggs
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh Mint
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh Italian Parsley
4 Tablespoons chopped fresh Dill
2 Tablespoons snipped fresh Chives
1 Teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
dash of cayenne pepper
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
12 leaves of packaged phyllo pastry thawed

1. Blanch asparagus in large pot of boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain and pat dry. Place in bowl.

2. Saute leeks with shallots in 4 Tablespoons of the butter till transparent. Add to bowl of Asparagus.

3. Add all other ingredients except the remaining melted butter and phyllo.

4.Preheat oven to 350 degrees

5. Butter a cookie sheet with melted butter. Lay 1 leaf of phyllo on work surface and quickly brush with melted butter.
(Be sure to keep a damp cloth over the remaining phyllo as you prepare the Strudel)

Continue until you have 6 layers, buttering each one thoroughly.

6. Place half of the asparagus mixture along one short end, tuck ends in, and roll up jelly roll fashion. Place on large baking sheet.

7. Proceed to make second strudel with remaining phyllo, butter and filling and place it on the baking sheet.

Leave ample space between the rolls. Brush tops of rolls with any remaining butter.

8. Bake 40-45 minutes, until golden. Cool slightly and slice into 2 inch pieces.

Here is a link that might be useful: linky

    Bookmark   January 3, 2010 at 10:06AM
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kathleenca

I think yours' is a dressier version, Jessy. Thanks!

    Bookmark   January 4, 2010 at 6:41PM
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