Lemon Roasted Asparagus Gratin

This recipe is taken from the 2009 Milk Calendar. The fresh taste of asparagus gets even better when paired with lemon and a crisp cheese topping. This is easy enough for a weeknight yet impressive enough for entertaining.

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cooking: 20 min
Yields 4 - 6 servings
lemon roasted asparagus gratin

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs (750 g) asparagus spears trimmed
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter softened
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper
  • of salt
  • 1 cup (250 mL) coarse fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Canadian Swiss or old Cheddar or Gouda cheese shredded
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preparation

Preheat oven to 425 °F (220 °C). Spread asparagus evenly in a 13 x 9-inch (33 x 23 cm) glass baking dish.

In a small bowl, mash together butter, garlic, lemon zest, pepper and salt. Drop in small dots over asparagus spears in a baking dish. Roast for about 15 min, shaking dish halfway to coat asparagus in butter, or until asparagus is just tender-crisp and starting to brown.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine bread crumbs, cheese and lemon juice; sprinkle over asparagus and bake for about 3 min or until cheese is melted. Broil for 1 to 2 min or until golden brown.

Tips

In place of asparagus, substitute 6 cups (1.5 L) broccoli and/or cauliflower florets or 1 lb (450 g) trimmed green beans. Increase roasting time in step 2 to 25 min.

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Nutrition

Nutritional Information

per serving
Energy: 137 Calories
Protein: 7 g
Carbohydrate: 7 g
Fat: 9 g
Fibre: 1 g
Sodium: 120 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

 
(% DV*)
Calcium: 18 % / 195 mg
Folate: 40 %
Vitamin B12: 40 %
Phosphorus: 13 %
Vitamin A: 11 %