I had really, really THIN asparagus, so I skipped the blanching part (we like crisp veggies anyway). It came out perfectly. Even THE PICKY ONE had 2nds! I do recommend having the butter at room temp for easier blending. ;) Thanks, KITZ!!
Yum! I made 1/2 of the recipe, which would call for 3 1/2 T butter. I used only 2 T and with the butter that is already in the prepared dish, it was plenty. I loved how the cheese makes a crust. It seals all the other ingredients onto the asparagus and doesn't just flavor it and then run off to the bottom of the dish. DS even liked them and that is a miracle in and of itself. He would never even try asparagus. Served with Balsamic Roasted Onions and Potatoes Balsamic Roasted Onions and Potatoes, beef fillet with a peppercorn sauce. Made a great Fathers Day Dinner. Thanks KITTENCAL. Another winner!
We are big asparagus fans in our house and this was pretty good. We loved the flavor, but the double-cooking kind of made them a little overdone. We opted to steam them because we like them every so slightly crisp, but they still got a little overdone for our tastes. Next time, we'll steam them a little less before moving on to the other steps... great taste and our kids and guests loved it!
Asparagus is best served as simply as possible and this recipe really does it justice. The topping is wonderful and really sets off the asparagus well. A keeper.