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Asparagus Bruschetta

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Quick Facts

Servings: 12
Cook Time: 8 min.
Asparagus and creamy Gruyere create a delightful twist to this popular snack.


  • 1 lb asparagus, ends trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 8 oz Gruyere cheese, grated
  • 6 oz good country ham, or 4 oz proscuitto, finely chopped or ground in food processor
  • 1 10 oz French baguette, cut into 1/2-inch slices, grilled or toasted
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and cut in half
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat broiler. Bring a large sauté pan of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the asparagus and cook until tender crisp, about 2 minutes. Transfer the asparagus to a colander, refresh under cold running water to stop the cooking, and drain well. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine the cheese and ham; toss to mix. Set aside.
  • Using your fingers to hold the garlic, rub the clove against one side of the toasted bread to flavor the entire surface. Drizzle or brush with a bit of the olive oil. Arrange the blanched asparagus on the toasts, then divide the cheese and ham topping evenly over the asparagus. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Place bruschetta on a baking sheet and broil just until the cheese melts and begins to brown, about 1-2 minutes. Keep a careful watch so as not to burn.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 177
  Calories from Fat 43 (24%)
(6%)Total Fat 4g
(0%)Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
(9%)Cholesterol 28mg
(17%)Sodium 404mg
(0%)Potassium 0mg
Total Carbohydrate 16g
(0%)Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(24%)Protein 12g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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