The original french term 'Au Gratin' literally means burnt scrapings from the pan. Over time the term Au Gratin, through multiple languages has come to refer to any dish covered with bread crumbs, cheese, sometimes flour and herbs and then baked until brown. This recipe for Asparagus Au Gratin uses cracker crumbs, grated cheese, nuts and flour for a tasty Asparagus dish .
Asparagus Au Gratin
2 cups asparagus
2 tbsp butter or margarine
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
1 cup grated cheese
Sharp Cheddar is best IMO
1 1/2 cups cracker crumbs
1 cup walnuts
In a saucepan over medium low heat, melt butter or margarine Stir in salt and flour. Cook for about 5 minutes.
Add milk gradually, stirring.
Add grated cheese and cook, stirring, until thickened.
Remove from heat.
Combine cracker crumbs with the walnuts. ~ Save a few tablespoons for topping.
In a buttered casserole, place a layer of asparagus, a layer of cracker mixture, then a layer of sauce.Repeat the layers, ending with the reserved crumbs.
Bake at 350 degrees for just under one half hour , or until top is browned.