Asparagus-potato Gratin with Ham
The green asparagus tastes particularly delicious when cooked au gratin with ham; the ham, together with the cheese, also provides plenty of protein for muscle building and maintenance. Green asparagus contains the B-vitamin folic acid, which is needed for blood formation and cell division and renewal.
The green asparagus with ham also tastes good as a low-carb variety! You can either leave out the potatoes and serve more asparagus. Or you can replace the potatoes with cauliflower.
Scrub the potatoes and cook with skins in salted water for 20 minutes. Drain, rinse, peel and slice.
Preheat the oven to 200°C (approximately 400°F).
Peel the bottom third of the asparagus, trim the ends and cook the asparagus in lightly salted water for 8 minutes. Rinse in cold water and drain.
Wrap 3-4 asparagus stalks with 1 slice of ham. Heat butter in a skillet. Sprinkle in flour while stirring. Deglaze with milk and cream and bring to a boil while stirring. Stir in the cheese and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Remove from heat.
Layer asparagus-ham rolls and potato slices in a greased, shallow baking dish. Pour the cheese sauce over the vegetables and bake for about 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Serve sprinkled with parsley.