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    Icelandic Asparagus & Ham Bake

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    twissis's Note:

    This tasty & versatile dish is very popular in Iceland & uses common ingredients. It is ideal for a brunch, luncheon entree or potluck occasion & also works for a dinner meal when combined w/a salad & crusty bread. Another popular variation skips the use of bread + the reserved liquids & combines the remaining ingredients to use as a filling for tartlet shells that can be served as a starter course or brunch & luncheon entree ... hence its versatility. I hope you will give this dish a try & enjoy it as we do here in Iceland. :-)

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    Serves: 8



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    • 4 slices sandwich bread (white or wheat, lrg size & not thin-sliced, cut or torn in roughly 3/4 in pieces)
    • 2 eggs
    • 14 ounces cream cheese (softened)
    • 1/2 lb ham (diced, Deli-type pkg is fine & a larger or smaller amt is fine as well)
    • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
    • 1 (8 ounce) can mushrooms (stems & pieces, chopped, drained & liquid reserved)
    • 1 (10 1/2 ounce) can asparagus (cut spears, drained & liquid reserved)
    • 1 cup cheddar cheese (finely shredded)


    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C) w/oven rack placed in the center position of the oven.
    2. 2
      Lightly grease a 9-in rd baking dish (or spray w/PAM type spray) & set aside.
    3. 3
      Place cut or torn bread pieces in a lrg mixing bowl & add liquid reserved from draining the mushrooms & asparagus.
    4. 4
      Allow bread/liquid mixture to sit for a short time while liquid is absorbed & stir as needed (May add milk if more liquid is required to completely moisten the bread pieces, but it is unlikely to be needed.).
    5. 5
      Add eggs to bread mixture & mix well.
    6. 6
      Add cream cheese, ham, mayo, mushrooms & asparagus to the bread mixture & mix very well to combine (This will break up the asparagus pieces & is what you want to happen).
    7. 7
      Pour mixture into baking dish. Sprinkle surface evenly w/shredded cheddar cheese & use your hand to press it lightly into the surface.
    8. 8
      Bake for 30-40 min or till golden brown & tests done using a sharp knife in the center. Tent w/foil as needed during baking if browning faster than expected. Serve at once or set aside at rm temp & reheat in microwave as needed.
    9. 9
      NOTE: Seasonings of choice can be added to suit individual preferences (esp pepper & garlic). My experience was the combo of canned mushrooms & asparagus + the reserved liquid used + the ham meant that no added salt was needed.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 05, 2013


      Great ingredients but came out too soft. I did add 2 extra pieces of bread after reading Loof's review just to make sure it wasn't soft. You don't need to add any milk because there was plenty of liquid; I will reduce the liquid just a tad next time. ZWT9 made for the Gourmet Goddesses July 2013

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    • on December 23, 2010


      Tasty and good! Next time I will play around with it a bit, but it was tasty just as it was! Sorry for the late review in honor of your Football Pool win!

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    • on January 04, 2010


      This is an easy and tasty casserole! I loved the ham with the asparagus and mushrooms. To me my bread wasn't thin sliced but the casserole came out softer than I expected so I'll add a couple of extra slices next time. I did add a little garlic powder as you suggested but I agree that no salt was needed. Thanks for posting your recipe!

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    Nutritional Facts for Icelandic Asparagus & Ham Bake

    Serving Size: 1 (183 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 366.5
    Calories from Fat 251
    Total Fat 27.8 g
    Saturated Fat 15.3 g
    Cholesterol 138.9 mg
    Sodium 825.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 12.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.3 g
    Sugars 2.2 g
    Protein 17.9 g

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