Fresh ASPARAGUS w/Peppered, Bubbling-Hot Brie, Cheddar, & Mozzarella

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2 lbs. small, fresh asparagus spears

Salt

4 to 6 oz. Brie cheese, sliced (long slices or wedge slices)

6 to 8 oz. Cheddar cheese, diced

4 oz. whole mozzarella cheese, coarsely grated & resembling crumbles

Freshly ground black pepper

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepare a bowl of cold water and place it by the kitchen sink to be used later to stop the cooking time of the asparagus.

 

Bend the asparagus spears until they snap naturally; then discard the tough ends.

Wash and drain the asparagus spears.

 

In a large skillet, bring 1-inch of salted water to a boil; then place the asparagus spears into the boiling water.  Cover the skillet and cook for about 2 to 5 minutes or until the spears are just tender.  Immediately drain the hot water; then plunge the spears into the ice water to stop the cooking.  Quickly slide the spears into a colander to drain.  Gently shake the colander several times to help completely drain the water out of the spears.  Allow the spears to drain while continuing with the recipe.

 

Place the oven on “Broil” at 500 degrees and place an oven rack at the first or second highest position under the broiler element.   Spray oil a 9” X 13” glass-baking dish.  Place the well-drained asparagus spears into the baking dish in one layer.  Lightly pepper the asparagus; then place the Brie cheese slices on the asparagus.

 

Dot the asparagus spears and the Brie slices with the diced Cheddar cheese; then lightly sprinkle again with freshly ground black pepper.   Finally, top with the grated mozzarella cheese and another light sprinkling of freshly ground black pepper.

 

When the oven is fully preheated, place the baking dish on the oven rack under the hot broiler.  The cooking time will be short.  Therefore, leave the light in the oven on and watch, very carefully, while the cheeses melt, become bubbly; then begin to brown.  Remove the baking dish from the oven when the cheeses are lightly browned.  Serve hot.

 

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