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3.) Asparagus Gratin



Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In 1-quart saucepan, cook shallot in 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-low heat until golden, about 6 minutes.
Remove saucepan from heat; cool slightly.
Tear bread into small crumbs.
Spread crumbs on jelly-roll pan and bake 3 to 6 minutes until golden.
In 12-inch skillet, heat 1 inch water to boiling over high heat.
Add asparagus and 1/2 teaspoon salt; heat to boiling.
Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, 5 to 10 minutes until asparagus spears are tender; drain.
Place asparagus in shallow, broiler-safe dish; drizzle with 2 teaspoons olive oil.
Preheat broiler if manufacturer directs.
In medium bowl, toss bread crumbs with Parmesan cheese, parsley, lemon juice, shallot mixture, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Sprinkle bread-crumb mixture over asparagus.
Place dish in broiler 5 inches from source of heat; broil about 3 minutes or until lightly browned.
Transfer to platter to serve, if you like.
Serve with lemon wedges.