family favorite: asparagus roll-ups

Asparagus Roll Ups - That Cozy Life

Asparagus roll-ups

Want to take your appy game up a notch? These have been a family favorite for decades now - for good reason ;) 

I remember first making these roll-ups with my momma when I was around eight years old. I've made them at least a hundred times since- no joke!- and they have been a hit every. single. time. Try these. I wouldn't be surprised if the jumped to the top of your appetizer arsenal! 

And fun little fact: My mom, Bailee and I actually made this recipe for the sizzle reel of our cooking show! You heard me right.. we totally toyed with the idea of a cooking show! Little lady booked an FX pilot at the exact same time we did the reel, and then life proceeded to get in the way, but I haven't made these asparagus roll-ups since without thinking about that show and little Bailee snapping off the ends of the asparagus. Food certainly has a way of bringing back memories & I like that about it.. ;)

family favorite Asparagus Rollups


Asparagus Rollups - That Cozy Life
  • 24 fresh asparagus spears
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (4-ounce) package crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 12 bread slices, trimmed
  • 12 thinly sliced deli ham slices
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted


1. Snap off tough ends of asparagus. Arrange asparagus in a skillt with about 1/4 c of water. Bring to a boil and allow to steam 4 to 6 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove from pan and let cool on paper towels.

2. Stir together cream cheese, blue cheese, mayonnaise, and chives. (I use a handheld mixer because it makes it easier, but you can always do it by hand, as well!) 

3. Roll each bread slice with a rolling pin to flatten. Then trim crusts off with a sharp knife. Spread 1 side of each slice with 2 tablespoons cream cheese mixture; top each with 1 ham slice. Place 2 asparagus spears, tips pointed toward opposite ends, on 1 end of each bread slice. Starting with a corner, roll up; secure with toothpick, and place (seam side up) on a foil lined baking pan. Brush with butter.

4. Bake at 400° for 12 minutes or until golden. Enjoy! 

Note: Freeze unbaked rollups up to 1 month in an airtight container. Thaw in refrigerator, and bake as directed.