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May 5, 2005 04:56 PM


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Any ideas for serving aparagus besides just butter? I need to serve it for a buffet from a chafing dish.

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    Professor Salt

    Drizzle the lightest bit of hazelnut oil after cooking and finish with fleur de sel.

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    1. re: Professor Salt

      Or roast it, drizzle with olive oil and a bit of lemon juice - you can use lemon zest for garnish.

      1. re: Professor Salt

        Fleur de Sel? What's that?

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          JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

          Really really fancy salt. It's a finishing salt, sprinkled on top of things just before serving instead of using it in the actual cooking (where its nuances would get lost).

          Link: http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzey...

      2. it is quite nice cold also, so you don't have to fuss. Soggy warm asparagus doesn't sound too great. I would let it cool and put on a platter with some olive oil, balsamic and maybe lightly toasted pine nuts/salt.

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        1. re: JHammy

          An alternative to the above, but also in the cold salad family:

          Lightly blanch the asparagus and about a 1/5 as much carrot. Thinly slice the carrots into 1-2 inch long strings, and cut the asparagus on a diagnot into 1-2 inch long sections.

          Toss with a combination of dijon mustard, mayo, lemon juice/vinegar, and sugar. Put on your serving platter and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

          It's a slightly surprising, colorful way to serve asparagus.

          1. re: nooodles

            That sounds great. I do a similar room temperature asparagus in mustard vinaigrette and add handfuls of finely chopped herbs, usually parsley, oregano, basil, maybe a little rosemary(or any combination you like), plus some chopped red pepper flakes.

        2. You may find some ideas from this post from a week ago.

          Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

          1. Roasted and garnished with goat cheese and bacon. It was a huge hit at a brunch I hosted...

            1. Try proscuitto wrapped asparagus bundles (Giada De Laurentis has a recipe on Foodtv.com) -- it's great for a buffet.