Creamed asparagus is a classic American dish that combines the natural flavors of asparagus with a rich and creamy sauce. This recipe takes fresh asparagus spears and cooks them until tender, then tosses them in a creamy mixture made from butter, flour, milk, and cheese. The result is a side dish that is both comforting and flavorful, perfect for any meal. Serve this creamed asparagus alongside grilled chicken or steak, or enjoy it on its own as a vegetarian option. With just a few simple ingredients and minimal preparation time, you can have a delicious and satisfying dish that will impress your family and friends.
- 1 pound fresh asparagus spears
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
- Trim the tough ends off the asparagus spears and cut them into 2-inch pieces.
- Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add the asparagus. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until tender-crisp. Drain and set aside.
- In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk until smooth. Cook for 1 minute to remove the raw flour taste.
- Gradually whisk in the milk, making sure there are no lumps. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the sauce thickens.
- Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the shredded cheddar cheese. Season with salt, black pepper, and nutmeg (if using).
- Add the cooked asparagus to the skillet and gently toss to coat the spears with the creamy sauce. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes to heat through.
- Serve the creamed asparagus hot as a side dish or as a main course with crusty bread.
Asparagus is a good source of fiber, vitamins A, C, E, and K, and folate.
Creamed asparagus can be traced back to the 18th century when French chefs popularized the use of thickened cream sauces in their dishes.
This dish can be easily customized by adding other ingredients like bacon, mushrooms, or garlic for extra flavor.