Side Chick: Cheesy Asparagus Gratin

My sister and my niece came over for dinner to enjoy some delicious lamb with roasted potatoes and asparagus.  Knowing my 10 year old niece, it’s hard to get some nutritious greenery in her system.  So, I thought I’d add a delightful element to my asparagus.  Cheese!  This recipe is super easy!  She still was a little uneasy about eating the disguised veggie, but everyone else seemed to think it was okay.  In my opinion, I love asparagus in its natural state.  The less the better.  I just thought I’d try this out to see if it could change her opinion on my favorite vegetable ever.

With my oven preheating at 400°F, I started off by washing and trimming a nice bundle of asparagus.

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In a small microwave safe dish I melted some unsalted butter and poured it all over the asparagus in the oiled cookie sheet I baked it in.

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To that, I added some Italian seasoning, kosher salt, pepper, and fresh garlic.  With my hands I mixed everything together until the asparagus was evenly coated.  I popped it in the oven for 8-10 minutes.

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Once the 8-10 minutes in the oven is up, top with your cheese.  I used what I had, which was a gouda.  I love gouda because of how it melts, but I don’t like how it kinda got dry after a while.  So I do suggest to use a softer cheese like mozzarella or brie… or a mixture of both.  Pop it back in the oven for an additional 3-4 min.

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Take out of the oven and top with some parsley for color.  And you’re done!

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Why did we sure enjoy our lamb dinner.  It was my sister and nieces first time eating lamb and they enjoyed it!  What a success.  For Kevin’s lamb recipe click here.

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