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Asparagus

Asparagus Information and Recipes

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Asparagus
Photo: Diana Rattray
Asparagus With Bacon and Mustard

Asparagus With Bacon and Mustard

Photo: Diana Rattray
Asparagus With Mustard Vinaigrette

Asparagus With Mustard Vinaigrette

Diana Rattray

Though asparagus is usually available year-round these days, spring is when you'll find it the most affordable.

Asparagus is always eaten cooked, usually boiled or steamed, but it can also be cooked in the microwave or added to stir-fry dishes. Asparagus is delicious with lemon and butter, tossed with Parmesan cheese or a creamy pasta, or marinated and served cold or warm as a salad. It goes particularly well with ham and chicken, but serve it with any meat or poultry.

The tough, woody ends of the stalks will snap off with a little pressure, but some people prefer to cut off even less and peel the tough skin off the lower part. Leftover trimmings can be blanched, frozen, and used later in stock or soup. The key to tasty asparagus is to cook only until it can be pierced with a fork, usually no more than 10 minutes. Overcooking causes asparagus to lose flavor, nutrients, and color. To boil asparagus, use a non-iron skillet with enough salted water to cover the asparagus. For more even cooking and easier removal, you can tie the stalks together in a bundle. If you cook asparagus often, you might want to buy a special asparagus steamer. They're tall and narrow with a basket insert. The asparagus stands in the basket with the tips above the water. The tough bottoms are thoroughly cooked in the boiling water while the tips are cooked by the steam.

Asparagus Casserole with Homemade Sauce
Asparagus au Gratin
Asparagus with Almond Butter Sauce
Asparagus Ham Roll-Ups
Asparagus Salad with Roasted Red Pepper
Asparagus with Bacon Cheese Sauce
Ham and Asparagus Casserole
Seafood Salad with Asparagus
Turkey and Asparagus Bake
Brunch Strata with Asparagus and Ham
Asparagus Casserole with Mushrooms
Asparagus Casserole with Eggs
Pasta with Asparagus
Scalloped Asparagus with Cheese
Marinated Asparagus
Asparagus au Gratin
Spring Vegetable Quiche
Asparagus with Bacon Dressing
Asparagus & Potato Salad
Beef and Asparagus
Shrimp & Asparagus with Spaghetti
Creamy Pasta with Peas and Asparagus
Macaroni with Ham and Asparagus
Cream of Asparagus Soup
Asparagus Strata
Asparagus Roll-Ups
Asparagus Cheese Soufflé
Asparagus with Mustard Cream Sauce
Asparagus Casserole
Piquant Asparagus Salad
Marinated Grilled Asparagus
Ginger-Garlic Asparagus
Smoked Turkey with Asparagus
Chicken Asparagus Casserole

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