Stuffed Monster Heads
Alien Antennae Bites
This is one of those recipes that, particularly with small children, will be sure to have them really grossed out. This is actually a recipe that I normally reserve for the most elegant of occasions, cocktail parties. I was making them for a party, and wiggled an asparagus spear at someone and had the very odd thought that it looked kind of like an antennae. Well, I still think it kind of does and these nibbles are great for any party and look kind of creepy as well. I usually will cook the asparagus by sauteeing fresh spears in a herb butter mixture, but you can also defrost frozen asparagus spears. You can use your favorite sandwich sliced bread with this recipe. Pumpernickel, wheat, and even a heavy bread like French or Italian work well. I make a sundried tomato herb bread that is fantastic with this recipe, so anything goes.
12 slices white bread
3/4 cup butter, divided
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
12 cooked asparagus spears
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cut the crusts from the bread, and roll the bread out until it is about 1/4 inch thick with a heavy rolling pin. Mix together half of the butter with the Parmesan cheese. Spread the mixture evenly on each of the bread slices and then roll an asparagus spear in each bread slice. Melt the remaining butter and brush the baking sheet and the bread slices heavily with it. Place the asparagus bundles seam side down on the baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature.
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