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Twists Pupu

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These pupu (appetizers) are quick and easy to make. It is amazing what elegant and delicious recipes are made from packaged crescent rolls. Twist’s can be made 2-3 days in advance.  If they get soggy, they can be crisped in the oven.  This recipe takes about 45 minutes to prepare and yields 30 - 40 twists.

Twists Ingredients Needed

Ingredients Needed:

  • 3-4 packages crescent rolls
  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus, preferably thin stalks
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • Small jar sun dried tomatoes in oil
  • 8 ounce chunk mozzarella cheese
  • 4 ounce package sliced pepperoni or ham
  • 1 egg, used for egg wash


Start by boiling a large pot of water.  Boil approximately 8 cups of water.  Wash the asparagus and break off the ends at the part of the asparagus where the break is easy.  That is usually 2-3 inches from the end.  The idea is to break off any tough, stringy parts.  Place all the asparagus in the boiling water for 5 minutes to blanch them.  Blanching partially cooks the vegetable and softens them for better results in this recipe.

Blanching asparagus

While the water is boiling you can open the crescent rolls.  Unroll the crescent roll dough and place on a cutting board or a bake pan.  Unroll them carefully and attach the center of the dough triangles so they are now squares of crescent dough.

Drain and cool asparagus spears before wrapping them in the crescent dough.

cutting the crescent dough

Use a pizza cutter to cut strips of dough about ¼ inch wide.  These will be wrapped around the asparagus, green onions, cheese, and other ingredients.

prepping the twist's

Wrap strips of dough around and down the green onions, after cutting the roots off.  Wrap in a candy cane method.

wrap the dough down and around twists

Wrap the dough around and down thin strips of mozzarella cheese with the dough strips. Lay these wrapped cheese twists ½ inch apart on ungreased baking sheet.

Braid three dough strips around slices of pepperoni. Try to intertwine as best as possible.  Lay the pepperoni braids on the bake pan.

Braided twists

Use the same braid technique with the sun dried tomatoes. Intertwine dough strips with the sun dried tomatoes.  This looks messy, but after they bake they look delicious.

ready to serve twists

You can experiment with other ingredients. You can wrap cooked chicken, cooked meats or anything you can create.

After all the twist’s are prepared, place them in a 415 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until the pastry is lightly browned.  I prepare the whole recipe before starting to bake them.  I like to do be able to focus on the baking time so I do not burn the twists.

If the pastry gets soggy, you can reheat in the oven and re-crisp them.

Thanks for reading my column.  Enjoy this recipe.  Leave a comment and a rating.  Don’t forget to bring a rib to a friend or neighbor and spread the Aloha spirit wherever you live.

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rustywarren — Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Wow that sounds like a delicious PUPU . Where do you come up with these interesting recipes. ? I'll have to put it together some evening... and invite friends to join me. I love your column . One of the first ones I look at .. yours and Buddy the Dog. Rusty

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Kalakrayon — Friday, June 6, 2008
I love your column & every month check to see what you got on the menu for us to try. I especially love the step by step pictures with the step by step instructions. They give us an idea of whether we are on the right track in our preparations. This one sounds yummy & relatively easy. The only disappointment I have is that I wish you included a picture of the finished product, (instead of another picture of the ingredients) so we could see what they are supossed to look like when they are done. I am guessing they were so ono, that everyone ate them up before you could get a quick snap of them...? Oh well... Keep on cooking.... & keep on sharing! We love that you do!

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Kalakrayon — Thursday, June 12, 2008
Aloha again! Thank you for editing the final picture & replacing the repeat of the ingredients with the finished product. Mmmmmm :og looks sooo yummy! The finished picture is definately making me want to try making right now! I think I will add smoked link sausage to your list (the larger version of Lil' Smokies) & mixing the sun dried tomatoes with the pepperoni within the same twist. Thanks again for the wonderful articles & all the yummy recipes! You're awesome!

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lizrizzo — Sunday, June 15, 2008
I apologize for the photo mixup. I was traveling on the mainland and the photo I tried to submit did not go through. But thanks to the webmaster, Ed Sugimoto, the photo was added. The finished pupu's look ono. Liz Rizzo. Hey, thanks for reading my column.

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