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23 July 2006

Broiled Asparagus with Cheesy Bread Crumbs

Broiled Asparagus with Cheesy Bread Crumbs

Serves 4

Peppered Boursin cheese also works well in this recipe.

1/4 cup plain bread crumbs

2 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted

Table salt and ground black pepper

1/3 cup Boursin cheese with garlic and herbs

3 tablespoons heavy cream

1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest

2 pounds asparagus , tough ends snapped off

1. Adjust oven rack so that it sits 6 inches below heating element and heat broiler. Toss bread crumbs with 1 tablespoon melted butter in bowl and season with salt and pepper. Using fork, mix cheese, cream, and lemon zest in another bowl until paste forms.

2. Toss asparagus with remaining 1 tablespoon melted butter on large rimmed baking sheet and season well with salt and pepper. Spread asparagus in single layer on baking sheet and broil, shaking pan halfway through, until asparagus is tender and lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes.

3. Transfer asparagus to broilersafe baking dish. Spoon cheese mixture over asparagus and toss to coat. Sprinkle with bread crumbs and broil until lightly browned, 30 to 60 seconds. Serve.