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May 11, 2007 01:37 AM

Chilled Aspagus Recipes?

We ran into a great deal on really nice asp today ( $1.28/lb ) and bought lots. I'd love to do some cold/salad preps before we eat it all... :-)

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  1. one of my favorite cold asparagus recipes is from epicurious:

    3 lb thin to medium asparagus, trimmed
    1 cup mayonnaise
    4 teaspoons soy sauce
    1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
    2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
    2 teaspoons wasabi paste

    Blanch asparagus in 2 batches in a large saucepan of boiling salted water 1 minute. Transfer to a colander and rinse under cold running water to stop cooking. Drain well and pat dry.
    Whisk together mayonnaise, soy sauce, sugar, lemon juice, and wasabi paste until sugar is dissolved.

    Serve asparagus with dip.

    Cooks' note:
    • Asparagus and dip may be prepared 1 day ahead and chilled, covered.

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    1. re: taryn

      Everyone has such great ideas on asparagus recipes and just wanted to add to taryn's soup recipe that I have used plain yogurt instead of mayo (love mayo) and it worked out really well..
      I love anything with asparagus..especially cold or hot soup..for a different spin add grilled shrimp/scallops with avocado chunks.

      1. re: taryn

        You said "Dip" ..sorry, I was thinking soup.. :)

      2. I had some just last night in a Nicoise salad, instead of green beans. Lettuce, tuna, hard boiled egg, olives, boiled red-skin potato, red onion, tomato, with a dijon vinaigrette.

        1. I just toss the blanched asparagus (while it's still warm) in oil and vinegar dressing and chill it.

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          1. re: gido

            Same idea, except lemon juice (no oil)

            1. re: gido

              I do the same, except I toss the asparagus with Paul Newman's Parmesan and Roasted Garlic Dressing...Wonderful!

            2. I like to top steamed or chilled asparagus with a salad of chopped egg, shallots, capers and parsley (evoo, s&p too). Very yummy--even my non veggie eating husband likes this one.

              1. I like to wrap chilled blanched asparagus in a very thin slice of prosciutto and then top with a finely ground pesto made from evoo, basil, pine nuts, salt and pepper. This makes a nice appetizer and a good party dish.