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Ham Divan

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A particularly good luncheon dish, Ham Divan can be prepared in advance. Most of your guests will appreciate the trouble you took to make it.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds fresh asparagus
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 6 thin slices of cooked ham
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Instructions:

Break or cut off the tough stalk ends of the asparagus. Remove the scales and wash off any sand which may have collected under them. Arrange the stalks in a shallow pan and cover with water and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, or until tender but still crisp. Lift out carefully with a slotted spoon or tongs; arrange into six bundles.

Make a sauce by stirring the flour into the butter until it bubbles. Add the milk and salt and stir until thickened. Fold in the whipped cream and lemon rind.

Roll a ham slice around each of the asparagus bundles and place in a baking dish. Pour sauce over all and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 15 minutes. Then slide under pre-heated broiler for 2 or 3 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Updated Tuesday, July 24th, 2007
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