|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 4 servings|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 54g||70%|
|Saturated Fat 20g||100%|
|Total Carbohydrate 53g||19%|
|Dietary Fiber 6g||23%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This asparagus au gratin recipe is made with cheese, asparagus, walnuts, and cracker crumbs.
The casserole makes a fabulous side dish, and it's very easy to prepare and bake. The chopped walnuts make the cracker crumb mixture crunchy and flavorful.
- 5 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, optional
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 cup shredded cheddar or Gruyere cheese
- 1 1/2 cups cracker crumbs
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 cups cooked chopped asparagus
Heat the oven to 350 F.
Butter a 1 1/2-quart casserole.
In a saucepan over medium-low heat, melt 3 tablespoons of butter; stir in salt and flour. If desired, add 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper, if desired.
Cook the flour mixture for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Gradually add the milk while stirring.
Add shredded cheese and cook, stirring, until thickened.
Remove the sauce from the heat.
Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter.
Combine cracker crumbs with the melted butter and chopped walnuts; toss to blend. Reserve a few tablespoons for topping.
In the prepared casserole dish, place a layer of asparagus, a layer of cracker and walnut mixture, then a layer of sauce.
Repeat the layers, ending with the reserved crumbs.
Bake in the preheated oven for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until top is nicely browned.