Ham-Swiss-and-Asparagus Sandwiches

            Ham-Swiss-and-Asparagus Sandwiches

¾ pound fresh asparagus
3 T butter, softened
1 small clove garlic, minced
4 (6-inch) French bread loaves, split
3 T mayonnaise
8 slices deli ham
4 Swiss cheese slices
Green Leaf lettuce
3 plum tomatoes, sliced

Snap off tough ends of asparagus.  Cook in boiling water to cover 3 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain.  Plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain and chill.

Stir together butter and garlic.

Spread butter mixture evenly over bottom halves of bread.  Spread mayonnaise evenly over top halves of bread.  Layer bottom halves evenly with ham, asparagus, and cheese; place on a baking sheet. 

Broil 2 inches from heat 1 minute or just until cheese melts.  Top evenly with lettuce, tomato, and top halves of bread.  Yield:  4 servings.