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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + standing
  • Makes
    5 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups 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 large 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 in the center comes out clean. Let stand for 15 minutes. Cut into small squares; serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
3 each: 77 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 124mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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