Asparagus & Ham Au Gratin – An easy casserole made with asparagus, ham, rice, and cheese. Make it two ways – layering the casserole ingredients for a simple weeknight meal or roll them up fancy in an impressive display for entertaining.
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly butter or spray the bottom and sides of an 8 x 12-inch shallow oven-proof baking pan, set aside.
Melt the butter in a deep skillet, blend in the flour and salt with a whisk. Add the milk and nutmeg, continually stirring until cooked and thickened, approximately one to two minutes. Add the Monterey Jack cheese and stir until melted.
Blend one cup of the cheese sauce into the cooked rice. Spread the mixture evenly into the bottom of the baking pan. Top the rice mixture with the cubed Ham and arrange the asparagus across the top.  Pour the remaining sauce over the top of the asparagus.
Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake at 350ºF until hot, about 25 to 30 minutes, or until the edges become slightly browned and bubbly. Remove from the oven, let sit for 5 minutes before serving. Serve and enjoy!
 To fancy up this dish for entertaining, use 1/4-inch thick slices of boneless, fully cooked ham. Spoon a healthy dollop of the sauce and rice mixture onto the narrow end of each ham slice. Top each prepared slice with 3 or 4 asparagus spears and roll the ham up around the filling. Arrange the rolls into a shallow baking dish. Pour the remaining cheese sauce over the rolls and continue with the final step above. Can substitute 1 cup Swiss Cheese, shredded