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Asparagus au Gratin

Scrape the asparagus with care, cut into 1 1/2in lengths, leave out the stalky ends, and cook in boiling water with salt until done.

Place the asparagus in a baking dish, cover with the sauce, made with the flour, 1tbsp butter, cream, broth, and nutmeg, minced ham, grated cheese, and dot with the remaining 1/2tbsp butter.

Brown in moderate oven 177C, gas mark4, 350F, for about 20 minutes.

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– Ingredients –

18 asparagus stalks
1tsp salt
1tbsp flour
1 1/2tbsp butter
1/2cup cream 1/4pt/140ml
1/2cup broth 1/4pt/140ml
1/2tsp grated nutmeg
1/4cup minced lean ham 2oz/56g
2tbsp Parmesan cheese

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