Beef-and-Asparagus Bundles

These bundles are fresh, cool, and sure to please the crowd. Packed with veggies, herbed cheese spread, and sliced roast beef, this easy appetizer is always a hit at the party. The only cooking you'll need to do is blanche the asparagus.

Beef-and-Asparagus Bundles
Photo: Ralph Lee Anderson
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
2 mins
Total Time:
22 mins
Makes 16 bundles (8 appetizer servings)


  • 16 asparagus spears

  • 1 (4-oz.) package garlic-and-herb spreadable cheese

  • 2 heads Bibb lettuce, leaves separated

  • 8 thin slices deli roast beef, halved

  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 16 strips

  • 16 fresh chives (optional)


  1. Snap off and discard tough ends of asparagus. Cut asparagus tips into 3 1/2-inch pieces, reserving any remaining end portions for another use.

  2. Cook asparagus in boiling water to cover 1 to 2 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain and pat dry with paper towels.

  3. Spoon cheese into a 1-qt. zip-top plastic freezer bag. (Do not seal.) Snip 1 corner of bag to make a small hole, and pipe cheese down center of each lettuce leaf. Arrange 1 roast beef slice, 1 asparagus spear, and 1 red bell pepper strip in each lettuce leaf. If desired, wrap sides of lettuce around roast beef and vegetables, and tie bundles with chives.

  4. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Alouette Garlic & Herbs for garlic-and-herb spreadable cheese and Boar's Head Londonport Seasoned Roast Beef for deli roast beef.

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