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Classic Asparagus Au Gratin

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Ingredients
  Asparagus 1 Pound
  Water 2 Tablespoon
  Butter/Margarine 2 Tablespoon
  Finely chopped green onion 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Finely chopped onion 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  All purpose flour 2 Tablespoon
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Pepper 1 Dash
  Milk 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Shredded cheddar cheese 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Crushed croutons 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
Directions

Snap off and discard tough ends of asparagus and cut into 1 inch slanting slices.
In a 1 1/2 quart casserole, place asparagus and water.
Cover with a lid or plastic wrap.
Microwave on HIGH (100%) for 6 to 7 minutes (stirring after 4 minutes) or until tender crisp.
Let stand, covered, for 1 minute.
With a slotted spoon, transfer asparagus to a paper towel, reserving juices; set asparagus aside.
Add butter to the reserved juices.
Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH (100%) for 30 seconds.
Stir in green pepper and onion.
Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH (100%) for 4 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes.
Sprinkle with flour, salt, and pepper; mix until blended.
Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH (100%) for 1 minute or until bubbly.
With a wire whip, beat in milk.
Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH (100%) for 2 minutes (stirring after 1 minute) or until bubbly.
Stir in cheese, mixing until it is melted; then gently stir in asparagus.
Sprinkle with croutons.
Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH (100%) for 3 minutes, rotating dish 1/4 turn after 2 minutes.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Bit Difficult
Course: 
Side Dish
Method: 
Microwaving
Ingredient: 
Vegetable
Interest: 
Party

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