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Mar 8, 2005 12:39 PM

Asparagus, Asparagus and more Asparagus

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Hi. I can feel myself approaching my asparagus mania (I love the stuff) but I hate cooking veggies, even though I love to eat them. I usually just steam, give a squirt of lemon, pat of butter and s & p. Any other ideas of how to serve and with what?? I've already used in frittatas and other egg dishes and risotto. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. I am sure this is a common recipe but we love (including our 7 year old daughter) to take young, small asparagus, trim the ends, place in a ziplock with a couple of tablespoons of good evoo, a little kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, gently shake, then 400 degrees for 15 minutes on a cookie sheet. We did it last night and generally do it at least twice a week.

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    1. re: tee

      I find 500 degrees works even better, to concentrate that sweet, asparagus taste....


      1. re: galleygirl

        thanks, I will try that.

        1. re: tee

          Oops, forgot to add, it only needs ten minutes at that temp...enjoy!


    2. With the really good asparagus I pick from my garden(which I won't see for a while yet) I saute with Olive oil, a little salt ground black pepper and some red pepper flakes.

      For salads I omit the red pepper and top a salad of whatever I have around with the warm asparagus and some crumbled blue cheese with a sprinkle of Balsamic.

      They are a good addition to any stir fry or pasta primavera.

      Also good – add them to a panini after sautéing. I prefer roasted pepper, onion, goat cheese with a little pesto or olive tapenade

      1. roasted is good. a little S/P, toss with olive oil, and cook at 450 until roasted. Deelish!

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        1. re: macca

          Once you roast asparagus at high heat you'll probably never go back to steaming (sauteeing does work well too-- CI has a current issue on this with some good insights)

          1. re: Spade

            Either roasting or grilling. I brush with oilve oil and sprinkle with coarse salt, then either grill or roast at 500 F. Wonderful.

        2. j
          Jim Washburn

          Boil in very salty water until done. Straight into ice water. Drain. Dress with mixture of fish sauce, oyster sauce, chili sauce, rice wine, and sesame oil. This is my favorite way to do asparagus at home, and whenever I take a big platter to a party it all disappears.


          1. This is my favorite, it's has TAbasco but it's not spicy at all, more oriental:

            Cook asparagus (I microwave mine 5 or 6 minutes).

            In skillet, brown 2 tsp sesame seeds in 1 Tbsp butter; add 2 Tbsp lemon juice, dash salt and 1/4 tsp Tabasco. Pour over cooked asparagus and garnish with lemon slices. (I've also added rice vinegar)