Monday, May 4, 2009

Asparagus Recipes


It is hard to beat the first taste of asparagus in the spring! I'm grateful for the veggies in our freezer - and even the produce available in the grocery store, but at the first taste of asparagus, I am reminded why I put forth the effort to garden! Nothing can beat eating fresh vegetables that you grew yourself and picked only an hour earlier! Some garden produce can be bought at the store after being shipped from who-knows-where and still be edible. Asparagus is one of those veggies that have unsurpassed quality when eaten home grown and fresh!

Ed and I both grew up eating asparagus served the same way and it is still our favorite! First, you crumble toasted bread onto a plate, next you layer cooked and drained asparagus, then pour over a white sauce. Garnish with hard cooked eggs or crumbled bacon if desired. Serve immediately! Mmmm! I'm drooling just thinking of it!

Here is another of our favorite ways to eat asparagus and a few recipes from readers. How do you like to serve asparagus?

Skillet Asparagus
1 quart chopped asparagus
2 T butter
1 T oil
3 T chicken broth
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp pepper
In a skillet, heat all ingredients and cook asparagus until almost tender.
slivered almonds
diced baked potatoes
Add almonds and potatoes. Heat well. Salt to taste. Serve immediately.

Grilled Asparagus - Rachel
It is asparagus time of year again and I thought I'd send you our favorite way to eat it. It's so easy and good. Even people who normally don't like asparagus like it this way.
Wash fresh asparagus and dry. Roll in a little oil (I use canola. You can use whatever you like.) just to coat. Salt heavily and lay on the grill. Grill on low temp. for about 15 - 20 min. Time will depend on how thick your stems are. The asparagus should be limp but not black. :) Serve immediately. It doesn't hold it's heat very long.

Asparagus Wraps - Jean M.

flour tortillas
deli sliced ham
swiss cheese
raw asparagus
ranch dressing

Spread a little dressing on the tortilla, cover with ham, put a strip of cheese and an asparagus spear in the center. Roll up tightly and serve or put in a lunch box.

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