Fresh Asparagus Recipes

In Season,Ingredient,Spring
February 15, 2012

Celebrate the budding spring season with our collection fresh asparagus recipes.

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Whether you like asparagus thin, wispy and elegant or prefer those with stalks thicker than California redwoods—spring is the season to buy bunches by the basketful. Here are some asparagus shopping, prepping and cooking tips to make the most of the season’s favorite:

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Shopping
When selecting asparagus, choose a uniformly sized bunch with firm tips free from excessive moisture. For something out of the ordinary, try purple or white asparagus. The white variety has a slightly bittersweet flavor while the purple tastes similar to green and is praised primarily for its unique color.

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Prepping
Before cooking, asparagus stalks need to be snapped near the base and rinsed. Some kinds (such as the white and thicker varieties) also benefit from a good peeling to make their tough spears tender.

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Cooking
Asparagus can be enjoyed grilled, blanched, baked, steamed, sauteed, roasted and even raw! We suggest grilling or roasting heartier stalks for fantastic flavor and just lightly steaming more delicate spears. And remember—with asparagus it is always better to slightly undercook than to overcook. No one likes mushy asparagus.

For some fresh and fabulous asparagus recipes check out our menu below.

—By Emily Arno, Relish Multimedia Editor

Asparagus Wraps

The unbeatable combination of mellow asparagus with crispy coating, salty prosciutto and a touch of cheese makes this a lip-smacking veggie.

Asparagus Sauce

Asparagus Sauce

An easy-to-freeze emerald-green asparagus purée perfect for topping fresh vegetables or pasta.

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Asparagus and Parmesan Tart

With the help of puff pastry, this asparagus tart can be made in a flash.

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Simple Asparagus Saute

Finger food for parties, or side dish for dinner.

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Risotto with Prosciutto and Asparagus

Risotto is usually a first course; adding ham and vegetables makes it one-dish meal.

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