Asparagus With Fontina Cheese

The ultimate Italian side dish.

[quicklook-recipe prep_time=”5 min” cook_time=”20 min” serves=”4″ details=”” ]

Fontina cheese is melted over warm asparagus. Serve with white wine for the ultimate Italian side dish.

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  • 3 1/2 pounds asparagus
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • Salt


  • Freshly ground white pepper
  • 4 ounces fontina cheese, very thinly sliced


[cooking_tip]Pairs nicely with a dry, fruity white wine, such as Roero Arneis.[/cooking_tip]

[step-list-wrapper title=”How to make it” time=”25 minutes”]
[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Trim the tough parts off the asparagus stalks, leaving only the tender top part. Steam the stalks about 8 minutes, until tender but still firm.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ] Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the asparagus with tips all facing the same way and season lightly with salt and pepper. Sauté 6 to 7 minutes, shaking the pan gently to turn the asparagus and cook evenly.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”3″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Lay the fontina over the asparagus. Cover the skillet and cook 2 to 3 minutes more, or until the cheese has melted. Serve hot. Serves 4.[/step-item]


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