Crispy Cheddar Asparagus
A real flavor-burst from an unusual combo with an even more unusual preparation!
Don't knock it if you ain't tried it!
2 Tablespoons butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
10-12 spears fresh asparagus
pinch of salt
1-1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
Heat a non-stick griddle to 350ºF (if using electric) or a non-stick sauté pan to medium-high.
Add the butter and garlic and heat until the butter melts.
Add the asparagus and blanch in the garlic butter just until the asparagus begins to brighten, about 1-2 minutes.
Sprinkle with a pinch of salt.
Separate the asparagus into two even bunches on the griddle (or in the pan).
Top each bunch of asparagus with half the shredded cheese, directly on the griddle...making sure that a nice portion of the cheese is on the griddle and not on the asparagus.
Continue to cook, allowing the cheese to melt on top and to start crisping on the griddle, about 4-5 minutes.
Using a wide spatula first loosen the crisping outer edge of the asparagus/cheese bunch then lift the entire bunch off the griddle and directly onto the plate.
Repeat with the other bunch.
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This recipe came via an accident by DS David. He was making Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and after buttering all the bread realized that we were out of sliced cheese. He asked if he could use some of the shredded Tillamook Cheddar cheese we had on hand. He put the bread on the griddle, topped each slice with a healthy handful of shredded cheese and then added the second slice of bread. When he delivered me my sandwich, the edges were surrounded by a bunch of crispy "threads" of cheese that had stuck out of the sandwich and had cooked directly on the griddle. They were delicious! I had planned to make asparagus as a side for
's dinner and thought "Why not?" Asparagus on a crispy 'doily'! Well, it worked, and worked great! There was flavorful asparagus in a pool of cheddar with crispy sides. BTW, out of habit with the kids I always cut our asparagus in half which I did here and at the end I piled the asparagus up just before adding on the cheese. It was wonderful! oz