Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Puffs

Ingredients

  • 3 oz hot-smoked salmon
  • ¼ cup whipped cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp roughly chopped fresh dill
  • ½ tsp hot sauce
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 ½ tsp roughly chopped chives
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • All-purpose flour, for rolling the dough
  • 1 8-oz can refrigerated crescent roll dough (8 pcs)
  • 4 – 5 medium asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 2″ pieces
  • 1 large egg

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Put the smoked salmon in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add the cream cheese, mayonnaise, lemon zest, dill, hot sauce, smoked paprika and 1 1/2 teaspoons of the chives. Blend until the mixture is smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Lightly dust a clean surface with flour. Unroll the crescent dough and separate into 8 triangles, following the perforations. Cut each triangle in half lengthwise to make 2 thin triangles. Starting at the wide end of a triangle piece, spread 1 1/2 teaspoons of the smoked salmon mixture toward the tip. Place a piece of asparagus about 1/4 inch from the bottom of the dough’s wide end, then roll up towards the tip. Place on the baking sheet with the tip of the roll-up flat on the baking sheet. Repeat with all the dough.
  4. Lightly whisk the egg with 1/2 teaspoon water. Brush the egg wash over each puff, then sprinkle some of the remaining chives over each. Bake until golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes.

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