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ASPARAGUS ONION CASSEROLE

02.08.12 2 comments

IMG_1996It is called as one of the nature’s most perfect food . Any guesses? yep Asparagus. I heard it is one of the best anti-oxidant and it also has low-calories. Based on the facts I wanted to try a baking recipe as I am not really interested to make a curry out of it. So I thought of trying asparagus Onion casserole. When buying asparagus, choose firm, bright-green spears with tight tips. If asparagus stems are tough, use a vegetable peeler to remove the outer layer. Cook the asparagus within 3 to 4 days of purchase.

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 package cream cheese ( substituted with non-fat yogurt)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
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PROCESS:

In a skillet, saute the asparagus and onions in 1 tablespoon of butter until crisp-tender, about 8 minutes.
Transfer to an ungreased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish. In a saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter.
Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
Reduce heat. Add cream cheese, salt and pepper; stir until cheese is melted.
Pour over the vegetables. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Melt remaining butter; toss with bread crumbs. 
Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until heated through. 

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