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Asparagus Alla Fontina image

Much like a quiche without a crust, this dish is equally good as an appetizer, or as the late main course for brunch, lunch or a late dinner.

Provided by Amanda Hesser

Categories     main course

Time 1h

Yield Serves 4 to 6

Number Of Ingredients 10

2 1/2 pounds thin asparagus, trimmed and washed
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
Freshly ground black pepper
Freshly grated nutmeg
1/3 cup grated Gruyère (see note)
3/4 cup finely minced or slivered prosciutto
2 tablespoons minced parsley
3 eggs, beaten
3 to 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add the asparagus and cook until crisp-tender. Drain and cut into 1-to-1½-inch lengths. Return the asparagus to the pot. Add the butter and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Set over low heat and stir to melt the butter. Remove from the heat.
  • Turn the asparagus and the melted butter into a 9- or 10-inch pie plate. Arrange in an even layer. Sprinkle with the Gruyère, prosciutto and parsley. Pour the beaten eggs on top, gently shaking the pan to distribute.
  • Top with the Parmesan and bake until the eggs are set into a custard and a golden-brown crust forms on top, about 35 minutes. Serve hot or warm.

Nutrition Facts : @context http, Calories 236, UnsaturatedFat 6 grams, Carbohydrate 8 grams, Fat 16 grams, Fiber 4 grams, Protein 17 grams, SaturatedFat 9 grams, Sodium 674 milligrams, Sugar 4 grams, TransFat 0 grams

Squooter Man
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I would not recommend this recipe. The asparagus was tough and the cheese sauce was grainy. Very disappointing.

Shaleem David
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rabihang rai
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I found this recipe to be too complicated and time-consuming. The final dish was also not very flavorful.

Perla Merida
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This dish was just okay. The cheese sauce was a bit bland and the asparagus was overcooked. I think I'll try a different recipe next time.

Talha Siam
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Not bad!

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I tried this recipe and it turned out great! The asparagus was cooked perfectly and the cheese sauce was rich and creamy. I highly recommend this dish.

Veronica Hernandez
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The asparagus alla fontina was a big hit at my dinner party last weekend. Everyone loved the creamy and flavorful cheese sauce. Definitely a keeper.

Md Provath
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This dish was easy to make and very tasty. I loved the combination of asparagus and cheese. I will definitely be making it again.

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Md Ahmed
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5 stars! This recipe was easy to follow and the dish was a hit with my family. The asparagus was tender and the cheese sauce was perfect. Highly recommend.

Natalie Gwizo
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I'm not usually a fan of asparagus, but this dish changed my mind. The cheese sauce made it so delicious. I'll be making this regularly now.

Abubakar Nana Firdausi
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Amazing! This dish turned out even better than I expected. The asparagus was cooked to perfection and the cheese sauce was flavorful and smooth. Will definitely be making this again.

Tshiamo Bosvark
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This asparagus alla fontina dish was an absolute delight! The cheese sauce was rich and creamy, perfectly complementing the tender asparagus. The addition of breadcrumbs added a satisfying crunch. It's a simple yet elegant dish that is sure to impres