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Creamy Asparagus Casserole

Ingredients
  Fresh asparagus spears 2 Pound
  Butter/Margarine 2 Tablespoon
  All purpose flour 2 Tablespoon
  Milk 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Pepper 1 Dash
  Hard-cooked eggs 4 , sliced
  Cracker crumbs 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Butter/Margarine 2 Tablespoon, melted
Directions

GETTING READY
1) Set oven at 350 degrees.
2) Cut off the tough ends of the asparagus.
3) Using a knife or a vegetable peeler, discard its scales.
4) Cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces.
5) Cook the pieces covered in some boiling water for 6 to 8 minutes or until the asparagus becomes crisp and tender.
6) Drain the pieces and set aside.

MAKING
7) In a heavy bottomed saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over low flame.
8) Mix in flour and cook for another minute with constant stirring.
9) Pour the milk gradually.
10) Cook over moderate heat with constant stirring until the mixture smoothens and thickens.
11) Mix in salt and pepper.

FINALIZING
12) Take an 8-inch square baking dish and grease it lightly.
13) Arrange half of the asparagus in it.
14) Add a topping of sliced eggs.
15) Pour half of the white sauce.
16) Repeat with remaining asparagus and white sauce.
17) Mix the cracker crumbs with 2 tablespoons of melted butter.
18) Sprinkle this mixture over the sauce.
19) Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the mixture starts bubbling.

SERVING
20) Serve accompanied by bread.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
South American
Course: 
Side Dish
Method: 
Baked
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Asparagus
Interest: 
Gourmet, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
35 Minutes
Ready In: 
45 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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