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Asparagus Crab Au Gratin

 Asparagus Crab Au Gratin
"I was delighted to discover this rich casserole years ago when we had a large asparagus patch," recalls Nancy Thibodeau of Overgaard, Arizona. "It's so easy that I've fixed it many times since, even for a baby shower. The compliments were unending."
4 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen asparagus cuts, thawed and drained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) crabmeat, drained, flaked and cartilage removed or 1 cup flaked imitation crabmeat
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs

Directions

  • Place asparagus in a greased 1-qt. baking dish. Top with crab and
  • sprinkle with cheese; set aside. In a saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons
  • butter. Stir in flour until smooth. Whisk in milk, mustard, salt and
  • pepper. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2
  • minutes or until thickened.
  • Remove from the heat; stir in lemon juice. Pour over asparagus. Melt
  • remaining butter; toss with bread crumbs. Sprinkle over top. Bake,
  • uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until heated through.
  • Yield: 4 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 294 calories, 19 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 92 mg cholesterol, 732 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 18 g protein.