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Cheesy Asparagus Bites

 Cheesy Asparagus Bites
When I managed a cafeteria, I would cook up different snacks for the staff. These tiny squares with big asparagus flavor never lasted long and prompted lots of recipe requests. —Lois McAtee, Oceanside, California
20 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + standing

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

Directions

  • In a skillet, saute onion and garlic in oil until tender. Combine
  • cheese, bread crumbs, parsley, salt, pepper, oregano and hot pepper
  • sauce. Stir in the onion mixture and eggs.
  • Cook asparagus in a small amount of water until crisp-tender, about
  • 3-4 minutes; drain well.
  • Stir into cheese mixture. Pour into a greased 9-in. square baking
  • pan. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted near
  • the center comes out clean. Let stand for 15 minutes. Cut into small
  • squares; serve warm. Yield: 5 dozen.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (3 each) equals 77 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 55 mg cholesterol, 124 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 4 g protein.