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Asparagus Ham Bundles

"A neighbor who grew his own asparagus gave me this recipe - along with much of his bounty - many years ago," reports Barb Kopf, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. "The fun little bundles are perfect for lunch or a spring brunch."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 8 slices fully cooked ham (about 1/8 inch thick)
  • 24 fresh asparagus spears, cooked and drained
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • In a saucepan, melt butter; stir in flour and salt until smooth. Gradually add milk; bring to a boil. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Stir in Swiss cheese until melted.
  • Combine 1 cup of cheese mixture with rice. Spread about 1/4 cup on the bottom third of each ham slice. Top with three asparagus spears; roll up. Place with seam side down in a greased 11x7-in. baking dish. Pour remaining cheese mixture over the bundles. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 480 calories, 24g fat (15g saturated fat), 88mg cholesterol, 1243mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 29g protein.

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