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May 17, 2011 07:53 AM

Help with Asparagus

As a sequel to the hugely successful "Help with Arugula" (wink wink), I would like to ask for your favorite uses for - my favorite vegetable - Asparagus. Though running a little late this year, the Asparagus patch is now starting to produce delicious spears. Some favorite uses are :

Asparagus soup (freezes beautifully for a great winter treat),
Grilled asparagus,
Simmered and served with a dill butter sauce, and
Baked : Lay in a casserole, sprinkle bottom two thirds with feta, herb bread crumbs, and drizzled butter. Bake at 400F for 10 minutes til crumbs are golden. Fantastic.

Can anyone help with creative uses or tasty salad recipes for Asparagus ?

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  1. I love to drizzle it with olive oil, fresh ground salt and pepper, and roast it in the oven until it starts to darken and carmelize. Take it out, squirt on some fresh lemon juice and some grated parmesan...I can eat myself silly on the stuff.

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    1. re: dingey

      I do lemon roasted aspargus, too but a bit differently than you. I add some zest to the asparagus before I roast it and omit the parm. Lemon and asparagus seem to have a real affinity for each other.

      I also like to stir fry onions, shitakes, and asparagus. I start the chopped onions in a bit of oo, when soft add the sliced mushrooms and cook until they start to release their juices, then add the bias-sliced asparagus last and cook on high heat, stirring, until the asparagus is bright green and al dente. Season with salt and pepper and devour!

      1. re: Niki in Dayton

        NICE. i wish I'd revisited earlier and seen this idea while asparagus was still in season! I'm JUST becoming a convert to mushrooms, thanks to joining a CSA whose leader won a grant to study mushroom cultivation....

    2. I am fond of a grilled asparagus sandwich--asparagus drizzled with olive oil, strewed with salt/pepper and grilled. Once done, place some spears on a piece of good crusty bread spread with some mayo.

      1. The day before I have people over for brunch, I take some asparagus and submerge it in the brine from good pickles. Let it soak for 24 hours and then used the spears as garnishes for bloody marys.

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        1. re: southernitalian

          Do you put them in the pickle brine raw? Or blanch or fully cook?

        2. I've always loved this sesame asparagus salad from the Joy of Cooking - although I always steam rather than boil the asparagus.

          I want to try this from Smitten Kitchen, however I would have to sub almonds or hazelnuts for the pine nuts ($$$). She actually has several asparagus recipes.

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          1. re: corneygirl

            corneygirl - I just linked to a smittenkitchen mention too! Below, I've linked to bushwickgirl's post about the smitten recipe for asparagus pizza which is just great. I'll have to check out the link you've posted as well. Thanks.

          2. bushwickgirl turned me on to an asparagus pizza recipe last year. It's in her post with my reply here: . It's awesome and I'm actually making it tonight!

            We also enjoy asparagus risotto - lots of lemon juice & zest, asparagus added near the end so they maintain some crunch; toss in a few favas if you have them and it's just wonderful.