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Caesar Asparagus

 Caesar Asparagus
“This delicious dish is an easy way to get my daughter to eat asparagus. Sometimes, I make the croutons from focaccia bread. They add another dimension of texture and flavor.” —Patsy Phillips, Sanford, North Carolina
4 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 cup cubed French bread
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Dash salt and pepper
  • VINAIGRETTE:
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Directions

  • In a large bowl, gently toss the asparagus, bread, oil, salt and
  • pepper. Transfer to a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.
  • Bake at 425° for 10-12 minutes or until asparagus is tender and
  • bread is golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the vinegar, cheese, sugar,
  • mustard, garlic and Worcestershire sauce. Whisk in the oil. Drizzle
  • 1/4 cup over asparagus mixture; toss to coat. Serve immediately with
  • remaining vinaigrette. Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 3/4 cup equals 218 calories,

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Nutritional Facts: 18 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 188 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.