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Asparagus Au Gratin (VRP 004)

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Asparagus Au Gratin is a delightful dish that elevates the humble asparagus into a creamy, cheesy delight, perfect for any dining occasion. Combining the tender, earthy flavor of asparagus with a rich white sauce and the satisfying crunch of buttered bread crumbs, this recipe offers a wonderful balance of textures and flavors. Optionally enhanced with cheese and hard-boiled eggs, it’s a versatile recipe that can serve as an elegant side or a comforting main course.

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Asparagus Au Gratin

A Short History

The term “au gratin” is French and refers to a dish topped with breadcrumbs or cheese and then browned to perfection. This cooking technique has been embraced worldwide, known for adding a delightful depth and richness to vegetables and other ingredients. Asparagus, with its distinct, slightly nutty flavor, makes an excellent base for au gratin, marrying well with the creamy sauce and crispy topping.

Tips for Making Asparagus Au Gratin

  • Soft Bread Crumbs: For the best texture, use fresh bread crumbs that have been lightly tossed with melted butter, offering a crispy topping once baked.
  • White Sauce: The foundation of the dish, a roux-based white sauce, is simple but requires attention to ensure a smooth, lump-free consistency. Adding cheese to the sauce is optional but highly recommended for a richer flavor.
  • Layering: Assembling the dish in layers of asparagus, hard-boiled eggs (if using), and cheese sauce ensures that every bite is full of flavor and texture.
  • Seasoning: Don’t underestimate the power of seasoning. A dash of pepper and a bit of salt in the sauce can dramatically enhance the overall taste of the dish.
  • Baking: Baking until the top is golden and bubbly creates a beautiful presentation and ensures the flavors meld together beautifully.

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Asparagus Au Gratin Recipe

Asparagus Au Gratin is a testament to the magic of simple ingredients coming together to create something truly special. Whether you’re looking to impress guests at a dinner party or simply want to treat yourself to a delicious, comforting meal, this recipe promises to satisfy. Enjoy the process of creating this dish and the delightful combination of flavors and textures it brings to your table.

Asparagus Au Gratin

Asparagus Au Gratin


  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs, buttered
  • dash of pepper

Thin white sauce

  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1½ tbsp flour
  • 1½ cup milk
  • ½ tsp. salt


  • (opt) ½ X c. cheese cut up (grated)
  • 2-4 hard boiled eggs, sliced


  1. Place half of crumbs in baking dish.
  2. Make a white sauce of butter, flour, milk and seasonings. (Add cheese (opt.) or use ½ cup __ topping, and blend.
  3. Alternate layers of eggs, asparagus, (and cheese sauce).
  4. Top with remaining crumbs.
  5. Bake 350° 20 25 min.

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