Asparagus Pancake Casserole
Baked, Swabian, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Asparagus Pancake Casserole (‘Spargelauflauf’)

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This asparagus pancake casserole is the first casserole recipe ever that I share on my blog. That doesn’t mean I don’t like them. I’m a big fan of casseroles. They resemble honest and simple homestyle cooking. You won’t usually find them on restaurant menus or in German cookbooks but they are a staple in German home kitchens.

Asparagus is plentiful around this time of the year and I love to cook with it as often as I can. This is a purely vegetarian casserole and it involves quite a bit of effort. You could make this casserole in a similar manner with pre-cooked potatoes but I think German pancakes are the best accompaniment for asparagus. So, if you have any leftover pancakes, this casserole is the perfect way to use them up if you’re not in a mood for pancake soup.

Fresh green asparagus

Generously sauce your asparagus pancake casserole

To keep casseroles from drying out you always need to add plenty of sauce. The traditional choice all over Europe is Sauce Béchamel. It’s very simple to prepare and you don’t need to have any broth on hand. It’s just thickened milk that is infused with a bit of nutmeg. For this recipe, I like to add a little white wine to my Sauce Béchamel to cut a little through its richness.

I’m sure you know that dishes served with Sauce Béchamel are quite heavy. Just think of lasagna, moussaka, or cauliflower gratin. They taste very rich and creamy but you are full just after a few spoonfuls. I feel the same way about this casserole. It tastes heavenly but I’m usually satisfied with a small serving.

I love to enjoy my asparagus pancake casserole with a tangy green salad on the side. Serving this casserole with a salad nicely cuts through its richness and brightens up the palate. Accompanied by a glass of white wine this is a lovely springtime dinner.

3 Comments

  1. I love asparagus so I’m going to try to remake your recipe into a gluten and dairy free recipe. Thanks! Always looking for new ideas. I’ll let you know how it comes out.

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