“I love fresh spring asparagus and cheese,“ writes Joan Fredericks from Bloomington, Minnesota, “so when I found this scrumptious recipe combining both ingredients with fish, it soon became one of my favorites.“
- 6 medium fresh asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 3/4 pound cod, haddock or orange roughy fillets
- 1/3 cup chopped onion
- 2 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Dash pepper
- 3/4 cup 2% milk
- 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup crushed saltines (about 7 crackers)
- 1/8 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
- Place the asparagus in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil; cook for 1-2 minutes. Drain and place in a 1-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with fish; set aside.
- In a small saucepan, saute onion in 1 tablespoon butter until tender. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until blended. Gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in cheese until melted. Pour over fish.
- Melt remaining butter; stir in crackers and parsley. Sprinkle over cheese sauce. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until crumbs are golden brown and fish flakes easily with a fork. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Asparagus Fish Bake in Cooking for 2 Spring 2006, p22
Light-Bodied White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.
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