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Asparagus Cordon Bleu

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Asparagus, prosciutto, melty cheese and a crispy breadcrumb topping combine for a side dish that's impressive and elegant enough for your finest dinner party! Best of all, Asparagus Cordon Bleu is easy and can be assembled in advance.
Course Side Dishes - Vegetables
Cuisine French
Diet Diabetic
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 8
Calories 250


  • Olive oil or cooking spray for baking dish
  • Salt
  • 2 bunches asparagus 1 ½ to 2 pounds, tough ends trimmed
  • 8 thin slices prosciutto
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • cup panko
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a baking dish by brushing with olive oil or spraying with cooking spray.
  • Prepare an ice bath.
  • Bring a small pot of water to a rolling boil. Add approximately 1 tablespoon of salt.
  • Drop the asparagus into the salted water, working in batches if necessary. Cook 10-15 seconds or until asparagus turns bright green. Remove and immediately drop into the ice bath.
  • Let cool thoroughly then pat dry with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel.
  • Divide the asparagus into eight even bundles.
  • Wrap each in the prosciutto and place in the prepared baking dish.
  • Season bundles with freshly ground black pepper.
  • Top with grated cheese.
  • Combine butter and panko in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the top of the cheese.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and breadcrumbs are browned.
  • Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley and serve immediately.


SUBSTITUTIONS:  Can also use broccoli, broccolini or green beans.  Thinly sliced deli ham may be used in place of prosciutto.
MAKE AHEAD: Can be prepared 24 hours in advance. Assemble but leave the breadcrumb topping off and refrigerate. When ready to bake, preheat oven, add breadcrumbs and bake per directions.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 253mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1013IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 203mg | Iron: 3mg