Baked Asparagus au Gratin

Baked Asparagus au Gratin is a family-friendly recipe, perfect alongside your Easter ham or favorite main dish!  Using Pleasant Ridge Reserve, the most-awarded cheese in American history, and topped with crunchy bread crumbs, this delectable side dish will wow your taste buds.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds fresh asparagus spears, trimmed
  • 5 tablespoons butter, cubed and divided
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

Instructions

1. Heat oven to 400°F.
2. Arrange asparagus in a greased 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
3. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour until smooth. Gradually whisk in the milk, garlic salt, pepper and nutmeg. Bring to a boil; cook and whisk for 2 minutes or until thickened.
4. Reduce heat to low; gradually whisk in Pleasant Ridge Reserve until melted. Pour cheese sauce over asparagus. Bake, covered, for 10 minutes.
5. Melt remaining butter; toss with bread crumbs. Sprinkle crumb mixture over sauce. Bake, uncovered, for 7-9 minutes longer or until asparagus is tender. Broil 3-4 inches from the heat for 1-2 minutes or until topping is golden brown.

 

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