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Asparagus Gratin with Lemon Breadcrumbs

Asparagus Gratin with Lemon Breadcrumbs

An easy asparagus side dish recipe with layers of roasted asparagus, swiss cheese, and lemon breadcrumbs. 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Amanda @ Old House to New Home


  • 1 pound pencil-thin asparagus
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups shredded swiss cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spread asparagus in a single layer in casserole dish. Spread olive oil over asparagus and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Once melted, add flour and whisk until well combined. Let cook for 1 minute. Add milk and whisk well. Continue to cook and stir over medium heat until mixture is thickened, about 5-6 minutes. Add remaining salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  4. Remove from heat and add half the swiss cheese. Whisk until melted. Pour mixture over the middle of the asparagus. Sprinkle breadcrumbs, remaining swiss cheese, and parmesan cheese over the asparagus. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is bubbling and brown. Remove from oven and garnish with lemon zest.