Cheesy Baked Asparagus: Appalchian Recipes

By Janet Crow

Guest Columnist

Three years ago I was diagnosed with cancer and before starting treatments I began researching foods that would assist me in healing. Asparagus was at the top of the list, it has cancer fighting properties and quickly became one of my favorite vegetables. I made it several different ways but this recipe was my go to recipe when I was preparing for another chemo treatment. It was important for me to eat foods that would help increase my white blood cell counts like asparagus, kale, sweet potatoes, salmon, etc. It made a world of difference in my recovery.

Growing up asparagus usually came from a can and I was not a big fan of it because it was just mushy. With this recipe the asparagus is crisp tender and absolutely delicious.

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Cheesy Baked Asparagus:

1 bunch of asparagus, woody ends trimmed

3 T. butter, melted

1/2 tsp. my house seasoning (equal parts garlic powder, onion powder and pepper…combine and store in an airtight container)

1 T. grated parmesan cheese

3/4 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

Italian seasoning

Line a baking sheet with some tinfoil. Place the asparagus on the baking sheet and drizzle with the melted butter. Sprinkle the house seasoning and parmesan cheese over the top. Place in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes. Remove and top with the mozzarella cheese and a little sprinkling of italian seasoning over the top. Return to the oven for an additional 5-7 minutes to melt the cheese and let it begin to brown.
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