Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Thanksgiving: Asparagus Casserole

Asparagus Casserole is a Thanksgiving tradition in our family. Not only is it awesome, it's also the recipe that I submitted to get my mom on the Today Show--If you haven't seen the video... it's a hoot!

It's not exactly the healthiest, but it's ever so yummy!!!!

You can make it healthier as we did by using less butter, fat free milk, and reduced fat crackers

ASPARAGUS CASSEROLE
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups Waverly Cracker crumbs
3 T. flour
3/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1 tsp. salt
2 lbs. fresh asparagus
8 T. butter
1 jar Kraft Old English Cheese

Cheese Sauce
In a saucepan, melt 4 T. butter over medium heat. Stir in flour and salt to make a paste. Add milk and cook until thickened. Add jar of Old English Cheese and stir until completely melted. Set aside.

Crush crackers and add 4 T. melted butter to cracker mixture. Spread layer of cracker crumbs on bottom of 9x13 pan (sprayed with Pam). Place raw asparagus on top of cracker layer. Sprinkle almonds over asparagus. Pour cheese mixture over top. Sprinkle remaining crackers on top. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or bubbly.

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