Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Ask the Internet: Favorite Asparagus Recipes?

Today's question comes from the weather.

Q: Oh, spring. How you delight us with your sunshine and your warmer temperatures and your happy, happy flowers.

(We will not mention pollen.)

(I SAID DON'T MENTION IT!)

Perhaps your greatest gift, however, is that of asparagus. The crispy verdant stalks are in-season all too briefly, and we must take advantage of their fleeting goodness.

So, sweet readers - what's your favorite asparagus recipe?

A: This is mine, hands down: Pasta with Asparagus and Mushrooms.

Though, come to think of it, this slight variation is pretty good, too: Spaghetti with Asparagus, Egg, and Parmesan.

Readers?

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23 comments:

Emily said...

Grilled and drizzled with butter.

Wrapped in bacon and roasted.

Roasted and buttered.

Diced and cooked in a frittata.

Now if you'll excuse me, I think I need to go to the Farmer's Market now...

Ebroe said...

That pasta sounds killer. My fav asparagus recipe is asparagus soup. It's the first thing I make every spring and I'm on batch #3 right now. I saute 1 large shallot, sliced, in 1/2 Tsp butter over low heat until soft. Add asparagus cut into 1-inch pieces and cover with chicken broth. Add rosemary, thyme, basil and oregano, bring to a boil and simmer until asparagus is tender. Let cool a bit and puree in blender. Add a bit of milk if too thick, salt/pepper as needed. Super healthy and super delicious!

AYA said...

I love this pasta recipe from Every Day Food:
http://www.pbs.org/everydayfood/recipes/creamy_goat_cheese_pasta.html

It is super simple and fast. I usually like to add a can of white beans to make it a complete meal.

Unfortunately here in Texas, asparagus season has come and gone.

BethP said...

This is similar to yours but with an asian slant... and amazing!

http://www.molliekatzen.com/recipes/recipe.php?recipe=asparagus_tofu_stirfry

alexis said...

#1 - evoo, garlic, s&p - either on the bbq wrapped in foil (best best best) or under the broiler (still frickin fingerlickin delish) - this was actually one of our easter sides n bbqd em along the lamb for the last 10 min

#2 - turn on water for pasta - add thinly sliced bacon onion n garlic saute pan, when everyone in fragrant n bacon almost cooked, add asparagus (i cut in like 2-3 inch sections) and cup or so of starchy pasta water - let it rip 5 min, mix w pasta, top wit parm or pecorino ...... mmmmmmmmmmm

Anonymous said...

roasted!

MissPetiteTreat said...

Creamy Pesto Fettuccine with Asparagus, Peas, and Edamame!

http://foodfortodd.blogspot.com/2011/01/creamy-pesto-fettucine-with-asparagus.html

ilikecoffee said...

steamed with salt. we never want to "ruin" our asparagus with too much other stuff. BUT, i've got a pile of giant asparagus, a bag of oyster mushrooms and a ton of pasta so this looks like dinner. mmmm....

ps - DH hated the asparagus with pasta and egg (weirdo), but it's one of my most commonly-craved foods while i'm pregnant. thanks! :)

Laura said...

I like my veg undisguised, so steamed is my go-to method. Here's a recent favorite around our house, from the lovely Alton Brown:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/steamed-asparagus-recipe/index.html

Kris said...

Love these. Need to run out and buy a bunch right now.

@ilikecoffee: Glad you dig it :)

@Anon: I like your style.

Kylie said...

Cut up and mixed with whole wheat pasta, lemon juice, butter and Parmesan.

The Dealer said...

Marinated in balsamic and olive oil and grilled until slightly crispy, plenty of salt and pepper

Lorena said...

I just like to pan saute them with a teaspoon or so of bacon grease (I keep a jar in the fridge for just such occasions), sea salt and pepper. Easy and delicious!

Jennifer said...

I cook it at 400 degrees coated in a little olive oil & salt & pepper. Just until the edges start to get crispy. It's so good, even my 3 year old likes it.

Anne said...

1) Toast sesame seeds and set aside.
2) Add asparagus (cut into 1-1.5 in pieces)to hot pan and stir-fry for a minute or two.
3) Add broth and cover, cooking until crisp tender. (Remove lid to help broth evaporate.)
4) Stir in chili paste and sesame seeds.

Mayke said...

Dutch/Belgian style:

Cooked white asparagus served with ham, a hardboiled egg and hollandaise sauce. Potatoes on the side.

Autumn said...

Honestly, I like it really simple. Pop it in the micro for 2 minutes or until your desired tenderness. Maybe a little lemon pepper, then consume.

Heidi said...

Cook in any method you prefer (I like roasted), then dunked in a softly boiled egg. Even better if you wrap it in pancetta before baking. Crispy pork + firm asparagus + gooey yolk = heaven.

Clea said...

I love the potato asparagus soup in Vegan with a Vengeance but my latest favorite is this:

http://www.howsweeteats.com/2011/03/crispy-parmesan-asparagus-sticks/

Asparagus coated in a crunchy, crisp breadcrumb and cheese coating. Yes, please!
(I ate the whole bunch).

discoprincess said...

With oven roasted potatoes. just throw in some asparagus, chopped into 1 inch pieces, 5 minutes before the potatoes are done. throw in some garlic if you like.

Steff said...

Mmmmmmm, I have long awaited this season! It has yet to arrive here in the frozen north, but I am prowling the farmer's market with a vengeance.
My fav is to do up some brown butter with garlic (the fragrance of which nearly leaves me swooning on my kitchen floor) and use this to steam said asparagus. Then add some chopped (cooked) chicken and cooked pasta and toss to coat. If you feel real fancy (or are having your in-laws over for dinner) you can refer to the technique by the french name, buerre noisette.

Emmy said...

Quiche. Asparagus paired with smoked gouda in an egg pie - TO DIE FOR!

Recipes said...

Our favorite is the 'Asparagus Chicken Soup' and the 'Asparagus Casserole' recipe. Both pretty healthy.