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3 tablespoons pignolas (pine nuts)
3 quarts water
Salt to taste
1 pound asparagus, trimmed
1/2 to 1 teaspoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
l/4 cup chopped Virginia ham or Canadian bacon
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (divided use)
1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Spread the pignolas on a foil-lined baking sheet Toast at 350 degrees for 3 to 5 minutes.
Bring the water and salt to a boil in a saucepan. Add the asparagus. Boil for 6 to 8 minutes or until tender-crisp; drain. Rinse with cold water. Arrange the asparagus in a baking dish.
Saute the garlic in the butter in a saucepan for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the ham and mix well. Saute for 2 minutes.
Combine the pignolas, 2 tablespoons Parmesan, basil and pepper in a bowl and mix well. Stir in the ham mixture. Spread over the asparagus. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan.

4 servings
Keywords: side dish   Category: Side Dishes    Cookbooks: Cooking With Cow, Ferguson Family
Recipe by Carol Jancsi     Added: March 16, 2009 by deebeeeff     Last Updated: October 23, 2014
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