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Asparagus and Bacon Gratin

1 can/jar of white asparagus spears
2 rashes of bacon, finely chopped
1/2 cup of frozen mixed peas and carrots
1/2 onion
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons plain flour
black pepper
1 cup of milk
2 tablespoons grated mozzarella cheese

Makes approx. 4 servings

The trick to a smooth and flavoursome white sauce is to intensify the milk with various ingredients and strain the ingredients through a strainer to come up with a lump free tasty milk base. Remember to allow the milk mixture to cool before adding it to the butter otherwise you may form a lumpy sauce (if you can't wait, pop the milk mixture into the fridge to cool down quicker).

1. Pour milk, carrots, peas and onion into a small saucepan and simmer on a low heat for approx. 15 mins, stirring occasionally. Allow to completely cool. Strain the milk mixture through a sieve, keeping all the liquid and discarding the pulp. Set aside.

2. Heat butter on a very low heat until melted. Stir in flour. Cook on a low heat for 1min. Take pan off the heat and add 1/4 of the cool milk mixture, stirring constantly. Add the rest of the milk gradually. Place back on the stove and bring to a low simmer for approx 4 mins. Place in serving bowl.

3. With a sharp knife chop each asparagus spear into thirds. Trim all visible fat from the bacon and cut into fine pieces. Place both separately in serving dish

At the raclette grill:
Place a few asparagus pieces in a raclette pan. Add a spoonful of sauce and top with 1/2 teaspoon bacon and 1/2 teaspoon grated cheese. Grill until slightly golden.

Serve with sliced boiled potatoes or pasta spirals.


Please note: If you like this recipe please also have a look at our raclette recipe book, full of mouth-watering recipes like this one!


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