Asparagus, fresh Parmesan cheese, and the buttery flavor of Boston lettuce - what could say 'spring' more? After a long winter, these are my Spring food fantasies!
INGREDIENTS (for 6 servings):
- 1 bunch asparagus spears, trimmed and cut in half
- 1/3 cup water
- 12 slices French bread
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
- 12 Bibb lettuce leaves
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
Place the asparagus and 1/3 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook in the microwave on High 1 minute, or just until tender. Rinse under cold water, and blot dry with paper towels.
Spread 1 side of 6 bread slices with 1/4 teaspoon butter and about 1 tablespoon mayonnaise each. Layer with asparagus, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Place lettuce over the asparagus, season with pepper, and top with remaining 6 bread slices to form 6 sandwiches. Slice on a diagonal; this is a sandwich that exudes spring !