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Asparagus Flan

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  • Special: Vegetarian
  • Serves: 8
    Prep Method: Baked
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  • 2 pounds fresh asparagus spears
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 3 TBS grated pecorino cheese
  • Salt, to taste
  • A pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
  • Butter and breadcrumbs to line the pan


Wash the asparagus spears and break off white woody ends, then boil in lightly salted water just until soft. Remove to a plate, cool, and cut into inch-long lengths, setting the tips aside.

Liberally butter a 10-11 inch pie or tart pan and coat the insides with the breadcrumbs.

Beat the milk, eggs, nutmeg, and grated cheese in a bowl. Pour the mixture into the pan and add the asparagus stalks (they’ll float). Bake the sformato for about 10 minutes, then add the tips, sprinkling them over the top, and bake for another 20 minutes, or until it has firmed up throughout.

Let cool and serve sliced, with a fairly rich white wine.


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