Asparagus with Cheese
Asparagus is one food that's perfect just lightly steamed and served straight up. But on the occasion you feel a yen for something dressier, try this elegant dish. With a glass of wine and a chunk of good bread, it's a satisfying light meal.
This dish is easy and flavorful as well as beautiful on any table. It's best served hot, so don't broil the asparagus until just before you're ready to sit down and eat.
Preheat the broiler.
Bring a medium-size sautÃ© pan with about three inches of water to a boil. Add the asparagus and cook until bright green, about 2 minutes (or less if the asparagus is pencil thin). Drain immediately and run cold water over the asparagus to stop the cooking process. Dry between paper towels.
In a broiler pan, toss the asparagus and the olive oil, making sure the asparagus is well coated. Sprinkle a little salt on the asparagus. (Don't use too much because the cheese is salty, too!) Lay the cheese shavings over the middle of the asparagus, leaving about one inch of the ends and tips exposed. Broil for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes, or until the edges of the asparagus turn slightly brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve immediately!
Source: Sound Consumer April 2003
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