Asparagus Gratin

asparagus gratin

by JenniferA - Bread and Putter on May 3, 2012

For once, my blog slackerliness is totally going to work in your favor!  This is another recipe I made on Easter, but I had to make it with non-local asparagus.  Now, asparagus season is here in New England and you are now armed and ready with this worthy preparation.


Looks can be deceiving.  This dish looks impressive to serve.  Okay, that mid-recipe picture doesn’t look that impressive.  Here, go look at the nice picture on  But, it is actually super easy to do.  Sort of like the toilet paper holder in the ladies’ room at work.

See, there’s two stalls in the ladies’ room and they don’t both have the same kind of toilet paper holder in them.  One of them has a regular sort of standard looking holder with roller inside that compresses so you can take it out and replace the roll.  The other stall has this weird holder that at first glance is puzzling.  There’s no roller to squish and remove, so how do you open it?  Here’s the thing – I’m not convinced that anyone in the office besides me and the cleaning guy have bothered to figured it out. I always find it either empty, or with a new roll all unwrapped but just sitting there on top of the old roll.  And I don’t think it is just laziness, because the one with the traditional holder gets changed out regularly.

I am not one to resist a puzzle though so it didn’t take long for me to figure it out.  You have to squeeze the empty cardboard roll on the left side, which releases the arm on that side.  Easy, if you just try.

This recipe is even easier.  At least Fine Cooking has given you instructions.  If you think a gratin has to be complicated and time consuming, try this one.  It’s easy, it’s delicious, and you don’t have to squeeze any cardboard tubes.  Curiousity may have killed the cat but incuriousity kills the soul, man.  Be curious.  Make a gratin.




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trish dinsmore May 4, 2012 at 1:46 am

It does look impressive but I really don’t like asparagus. I would be willing however to try with another veggie…like cauliflower maybe. All the ingredients sound really good.


Karma May 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I was really confused when I read the line about the toilet paper holder! I was like, what the heck does toilet paper have to do with asparagus? (or asparaGRASS in my book, since that’s what I think it tastes like, LOL) My family can’t seem to figure out the traditional toilet paper holder at the house -SIGH- major pet peeve of mine.


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