October 14, 2009

Wednesday's Chow - Asparagus Parmesan Au Gratin

This being the second week of the month, today's recipe is a side-dish and was posted during last month's recipe extravaganza by Paisley Kirkpatrick, so she wins the prize for having her recipe posted as a weekly post.

I didn't like asparagus as a youngster, but have learned to enjoy it as a grown-up. Usually, I steam fresh asparagus or heat the canned stuff, then melt cheddar cheese on it. This looks like a nicer way of serving it and I'll give a try soon, as I think it would make a great addition to a Sunday family dinner.


1 ½ cups (3 oz) French’s original or cheddar French fried onions
1 ½ pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed and peeled if thick
1 (10 ¾ oz) Campbell’s Cream of Celery Soup
½ cup half ‘n’ half cream or milk
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Crush French Fried Onions in plastic bag with hands or rolling pin.
Cook asparagus in boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain well.
Mix soup, cream, Parmesan cheese and mustard. Pour half the sauce into greased 1 ½ quart baking dish. Arrange asparagus on top of sauce. Spoon remaining sauce over asparagus.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until hot. Top with crushed onions. Bake 5 minutes until golden and crispy.


Judi said...

Ooooo! This sounds yummy. I may have to stop at the grocery store on my way home to get the ingredients so I can have it for supper tonight.


This is a good casserole, I tried it and love it.

loretta canton

Meljprincess said...

OK, here's where I draw the line. You could put gold on Asparagus and I still wouldn't like it. lol!
All in fun. :-)

Mel K.

Anna Kathryn Lanier said...

LOL, Mel. I know, it's an acquired taste. I haven't made this yet, and except for the mustard (I really don't like mustard), looks like a good recipe. I'll make it sometime when I have a lot of people over. Otherwise, only my husband and I would eat it, since my daughter doesn't liek asparagus.

Thanks for the recomendation, Loretta. Tell us how it turns out, Judi.


Emma Lai said...

I love fresh steamed asparagus...not sure I can bring myself to make it into a dish, but I do love a good au gratin as well.

Mary Ricksen said...

Yumm, munch, munch good!

Judi said...

Ok, so I tried the asparagus parm last night (I added some grated sharp cheddar on my own). It was very tasty. The only comment I have is that it tasted very salty to me--but then, I'm one of those strange people who never salt anything on my plate and only add the barest minimum when I cook. So, I'd recommend it.

Anna Kathryn Lanier said...

Thanks for the comment, Judi. I'll have to try it now.....and watch the salt.

ddurance said...

Not crazy about asparagus, but I might give it a try.


robynl said...

yummy! Asparagus is supposed to be good for people with cancer or in helping prevent it. I have cancer and am interested in the positive effects of Asparagus.