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Cheddar Panko Asparagus

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This simple spring side dish gives that fresh asparagus a satisfying and savory crunch.

Cheddar Panko Asparagus

  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cooking Time: 7 min


  • 2 lbs of asparagus
  • 1 ¼ C shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 C panko
  • ½ Tbsp olive oil
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp fresh minced parsley or tarragon for garnish


  1. Add water to a vegetable steamer and begin to bring to a boil. Wash and snap the ends off of the asparagus. Once the water in the steamer is boiling, add the asparagus. Steam covered for 3-4 minutes, or until it's just fork tender and then rinse with cold water.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and evenly arrange the asparagus on the sheet. Season with pepper to taste.
  3. Sprinkle with the shredded cheddar cheese.
  4. Mix the olive oil with the panko, and then sprinkle it over the layer of cheddar cheese.
  5. Place the pan on the middle rack of the oven under a broiler for 2-3 minutes. The dish is done when the cheddar is melted and the panko is golden brown. Garnish with fresh minced parsley or tarragon before serving.

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