Asparagus is on sale in my area. This recipe takes advantage of the sale as well as home made bread crumbs. It is NOT low fat or necessarily healthy, but it did turn out well, and in fact, was sent over to the neighbors' house as a "thank you" for the lemons! And before you ask, yes, I made a small dish separately to taste test.
Buttery Asparagus Casserole
6 cups of diced, fresh asparagus (bought in season, on sale) 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, cut into pieces juice of one lemon 2 cups home made bread crumbs 1 teaspoon dried, minced or powdered garlic 3 eggs, slightly beaten
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a casserole dish with cooking oil spray. In a large, glass bowl, place diced asparagus and butter; microwave on high for 12 minutes, remove from microwave and mash lightly with a pastry cutter. Cool slightly and stir in lemon, bread crumbs and garlic. Add slightly beaten eggs and stir until well combined. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish and bake at 350 degrees, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Remove from oven, cover and serve warm. This is a great side dish in place of potatoes, pasta or rice.