Thursday, November 19, 2009

A Thanksgiving Side: Asparagus Casserole


Thanksgiving has always seemed fun to me. America is such a new country still, and it’s neat to have our story about the first Thanksgiving with Pilgrims and Native Americans enjoying a feast after a rough winter.

Life seems to slow down a little bit then, too—not like Christmas which can get wild. The emphasis is on a good meal, a good visit…and maybe a good nap afterwards.

I know I’m pressing asparagus on y’all again, but it really is so good. This is a different way of preparing it than the last time I put in a recipe. It’s easy—you can used canned asparagus. And you’ll probably have the other ingredients on hand. It’s nice to have a simple side on Thanksgiving. And we all need to eat our greens! :)


Asparagus Casserole

3 T butter
4 T flour
2 C milk
2/3 C sharp cheese
1/2 t salt
1/2 t paprika
2 sliced hard boiled eggs
2 cans of drained asparagus
Crushed, buttered crackers

Preheat oven to 350.

Melt butter in a a saucepan
Stir flour until smooth.
Stir in the milk, slowly.
Keep stirring until thickened.
Blend in the cheese, stirring until melted.
Season with salt and pepper

In a 2-quart baking dish, layer sauce, asparagus and the sliced egg, topping with the rest of the sauce.

Top mixture with bread crumbs.

Cook at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Pretty is as Pretty Dies –Elizabeth Spann Craig
Delicious and Suspicious (May 2010)—Riley Adams

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  1. This sounds like a good alternative for people who don't like Green Bean Casserole. Doesn't everyone love asparagus?

    ~ Krista

  2. Love asparagus with just a litte cheese over. Never thought about doing a casserole with it. Thanks for a great recipe.

  3. You know, I haven't met a single *man* who likes asparagus! Maybe this could be a girls-only dish. :)


  4. My husband adores asparagus!! so does my son. So perhaps it's the way asparagus is cooked. for just regular asparagus, I boil water with 1 tsp. salt in flat saucepan, just enough water to cover asparagus. Make sure the hard ends of the asparagus are cut off. Cook the asparagus NO MORE than 3 minutes, lid on. Pour off water. Steam for 1 minute. Rinse immediately with cool water and remove lid. Serve as soon as you can.

  5. Mason--I think Krista's's sort of like the green bean casserole, but with asparagus. Hope you'll enjoy it!

    Avery that sounds really good! Thanks for the tip. You must be doing something right if your husband and son love it! I'll follow your lead. :)


  6. This sounds wonderful, Elizabeth. I was looking for something vegetarian to make for my brother's house. This sounds like just the thing! Thanks!


  7. Elizabeth/Riley - Oh, this recipe looks wonderful! My husband is one of those guys who does not love asparagus - but I DO. Ha! I also love the challenge of finding recipes that can change Marc's mind about foods he *thinks* he doesn't like. (I actually managed to do this with zucchini and consider it a triumph.) I will definitely try your recipe and report back on the success of my "get-Marc-to-eat-asparagus" mission! Wish me luck!

    ~ Cleo
    "Where coffee and crime are always brewing..."
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  8. I don't think I've had canned asparagus since I was a kid, but this sounds like a great way to use it. You can't beat cheesy casseroles this time of year. It just feels like holiday.

  9. Julie--Hope it helps! :)

    Cleo--Good luck with it! My husband ate it, sort of begrudgingly, but seemed to like it. :) Mikey Liked It! It's so funny there are so many men who don't like asparagus..

    Janel--You're so right! It just sets the stage for the holidays. I was surprised that the casserole was so good with canned asparagus...I really couldn't tell.