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The Deen Bros. Lighter Ham and Cheese Phyllo-Wrapped Asparagus

  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 20 min
  • Servings: 6 (12 rolls)


  • 6 9 x 14-inch sheet s phyllo dough
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 6 1-ounce slices reduced-fat Swiss cheese
  • 6 1/2-ounce slices deli-ham
  • 1 pound asparagus


Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick spray.

Place 1 phyllo sheet with the short end facing you on a work surface. Cover the remaining sheets of phyllo with plastic wrap to keep them from drying out as you work. Lightly spray the phyllo sheet with nonstick spray; top with a second phyllo sheet and lightly spray with nonstick spray. Brush the top of the phyllo sheet evenly with 1 tablespoon of the mustard. With a sharp knife, cut the layered sheets lengthwise in half, then crosswise to make 4 rectangles. Top each rectangle with one cheese slice half and one ham slice half. Place two asparagus spears near the bottom of each rectangle and roll it up snugly like a cigar. Lightly spray the rolls with nonstick spray and place, seam-side down, on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining phyllo, nonstick spray, mustard, cheese, ham, and asparagus to make a total of 12 rolls.

Bake until the rolls are lightly browned and crisp, 15 – 20 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

A Note from the Test Kitchen
Using nonstick spray will save you a ton of calories! Using spray for the phyllo sheets instead of brushing them with butter gave us wiggle room to add a few tasty extras, like the cheese and ham without overloading on calories. We like using olive oil nonstick spray instead of plain for extra flavor.