Baked Asparagus with Ham and Cheese Recipe
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Baked Asparagus with Ham and Cheese

This recipe for baked asparagus with ham and cheese is easy to make with the moreish flavors of tender asparagus, garlic, champagne ham and melted cheddar cheese. This is a great way to introduce asparagus to children.

It is worth buying quality sliced ham from the deli for this dish. The ham can be replaced with short cut bacon however it is a good idea to cook the bacon before baking with the asparagus.

Serves 2 Sides or 1 Lunch

Continue reading for money saving tips and gluten and dairy free options. There is also a PDF version of this recipe at the end of the post which can be printed or saved to your device to save on paper.

*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.

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Baked Asparagus with Ham and Cheese Q & A

What type of cheese works best with asparagus?

Cheddar compliments asparagus well however for even more flavor try replacing a quarter of the amount with shaved or grated Parmesan cheese.

Can you bake frozen asparagus?

Yes. It is best to let the asparagus thaw a little so the spears can be broken apart then covered in the oil and seasoning mix. The cooking time may take a little longer so it is best to check after 15 minutes.

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Gluten and Dairy Free Options

To make this recipe gluten free; make sure the ham does not contain gluten. To make it dairy free; replace the cheese with a dairy free cheese however some people can tolerate hard cheeses such as cheddar and Parmesan.

Saving Money

Asparagus

The best way to save money on asparagus is to grow your own. It will take 2 years from sowing the seed until harvest however the plant will last for up to 20 years or more. See this guide to Growing Asparagus for more information.

The other way to save money is to buy asparagus when it is in season which is usually from the early spring through to the beginning of summer. Farmers markets or the farm gate is also worth a try.

Ham

It is best to use quality ham for this recipe but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot. Look for specials then freeze the ham until you are ready to make this recipe. Another option is to plan on making this recipe after you have cooked a leg of ham for the family. It is a great way to use leftovers.

Cheese

Block cheese is always cheaper than cheese which has already been grated. It only takes a minute or two to grate enough to make 1 cup.

This guide to Creating Budget Friendly Meals covers everything from planning to making the most of in season vegetables and meat to using raw ingredients to create healthy and nutritious meals which cost less to make. A little forethought can save you a great deal of money over the course of the year.

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