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Asparagus, Ham, and Cheese Melts


  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 lb. thin asparagus spears
  • 4 slices Italian bread, toasted
  • 2 tsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 oz. sliced ham


  • 1. Preheat salamander or broiler. Combine cheese and mayonnaise; set aside.
  • 2. Trim asparagus to fit bread. Cook asparagus in 1/2-inch salted water in covered skillet on medium-high heat 3 to 4 minutes or until tender; drain.
  • 3. Spread butter on one side of 2 slices of the bread. Evenly divide ham over buttered bread. Top with asparagus and cheese mixture.
  • 4 Broil about 1 minute or until light golden. Cover each with second slice of bread. Cut in half to serve.
  • Nutritional information per serving: Calories 792; Total Fat 56g; Saturated Fat 20g;
  • Trans. Fat 0g; Cholesterol 92mg; Sodium 1329mg; Total Carbohydrate 48g; Dietary Fiber 7g;
  • Total Sugars 8g; Protein 23g