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Truffled Asparagus Crostini

Becky Luigart-Stayner
Yield 6 servings (serving size: 4 crostini)
Aromatic truffle oil and sharp-nutty Manchego cheese add lots of flavor with minimal effort. If you can't find Manchego, use Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese instead. Chopping the cooked asparagus into small but not fine pieces makes the crostini easy to eat while retaining the crisp-tender texture of the vegetables.

Ingredients

  • 24 (1-inch) slices French bread baguette
  • 1 pound asparagus spears, trimmed
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons truffle oil or extravirgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated Manchego cheese

Nutrition Information

  • calories 164
  • caloriesfromfat 24 %
  • fat 4.3 g
  • satfat 1.7 g
  • monofat 1.5 g
  • polyfat 0.2 g
  • protein 6.8 g
  • carbohydrate 26 g
  • fiber 2.2 g
  • cholesterol 7 mg
  • iron 2.8 mg
  • sodium 474 mg
  • calcium 63 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat broiler.

  2. Arrange baguette slices in a single layer on a large baking sheet; broil 1 minute or until lightly browned. Remove from oven; turn over and broil 1 minute or until lightly browned. Remove from oven; cool on pan.

  3. Fill a large skillet with water to a depth of 1 inch; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add asparagus; cook 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and plunge asparagus into ice water; drain. Chop asparagus to measure 2 cups. Place chopped asparagus in a bowl. Add oil, salt, and pepper; toss well to coat.

  4. Top each bread slice with 1 rounded tablespoon asparagus mixture; place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle cheese evenly over crostini. Broil 1 minute or until cheese melts and begins to melt. Serve warm.