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Spring Gardening produces a lot of fresh ingredients. One is asparagus. In the Northern states, you can enjoy fresh asparagus from about May to early July. Thus, the name Springly. If you have a large asparagus patch like I do, you will be trying to find ways to cook this great plant because it is only available for such a short season. I strongly recommend using balsamic vinegar. It is a great complement to the cheese and asparagus.
- 1 bunch fresh asparagus
- 2 oz. gruyere cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 slices herby bread
1. Start by broiling some fresh asparagus on high. Prepare the asparagus by rinsing in cold water. Then snap off the bottom ends of the stalk. Some people even like to take a peeler and peel the bottom end to get rid of any fibrous stalk. Lay the asparagus on a baking sheet covered in tinfoil, sprinkle with a dash of pepper and a pinch of salt. Pour olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the top. Broil for approximately 5 minutes or until the asparagus is al dente. Remove the asparagus from the baking pan and cut the tops to be just larger than the bread for your sandwich.
2. Make your sandwich by adding a layer of gruyere cheese above and below the asparagus between an herby bread. Cook until golden brown.
3. Optionally, pour a little balsamic vinegar over the top. This really enhances the flavors. It’s like spring in every bite! And, after the horrible winter we just endured, I will be making this often just to remind myself I can survive the eternal winters of Minnesota. Enjoy!