Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spargel (asparagus)

Spargel is the German word for asparagus. When asparagus is in season in Germany, restaurants add pages of Spargel dishes to their menus. This is one of my favorite ones.

I always shave off the thick outer skin on the lower part of my asparagus before cooking.

The base of this dish is ham. Slice some ham very thinly and pan fry it.

Grate some cheese. I highly suggest that you use Gouda. I did not have any and I used Jarlsburg and it just was not the same. Use Gouda. Trust me!

Place a layer of the cooked ham on a platter.

Top it with the grated Gouda.

Melt some butter in a frying pan and fry the asparagus over medium high heat until it starts to turn brown but is still crisp.

Place the platter under the broiler until melted.

Top it with the browned asparagus.

Top each serving with a fried egg. This is wonderful for any meal. We often eat it for dinner.

This is one of my daughter's favorite meals. Today is her birthday and even though she is not home to enjoy it, I made it for her anyway!