Michigan Asparagus: A Summertime Favorite

In Season,Ingredient
June 8, 2011

Fresh Michigan asparagus finds its way into Relish Editor Jill Melton's kitchen (and dinner).

Michigan Asparagus
Photo by Mark Boughton
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I spent the Memorial Day weekend with my sisters, which is a real treat since we’re flung all across the country. My sister from Detroit arrived toting a bag of asparagus. Yes, June is asparagus time in Michigan, where the stalks grows big and fat and green. Real local asparagus is hard to come by, at least in the warmer climes, such as Tennessee where most of it comes from California—so super fresh asparagus straight from the ground is a real treat. Michigan asparagus with its chunky, hearty stalks is perfect for grilling, or roasting. I typically toss the whole stalks with a little sesame oil, sea salt, pepper and a splash of soy sauce and roast at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes or plop it on the grill for about 10 minutes.

This time though, I needed a quick dinner and about all I had in the fridge after my trip was the asparagus we came home with and some leftover pasta…which spelled frittata. I sautéed the asparagus in olive oil with some spring onions, topped with the leftover percatelli (I had heated in the microwave), dabbed with some fresh sour cream, and 6 beaten eggs, and sprinkled with grated Swiss and sharp Kerrygold Dubliner cheese.  Detroit tasted pretty good to us. Here are a few other fresh asparagus recipes to try at your house, in Michigan or otherwise.

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Asparagus and Parmesan Tart

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

Asparagus with Honey Garlic Sauce

This quick and easy side of asparagus is great with chicken or pork.

Grilled Fresh Asparagus

You know spring has sprung not when the robin sings but when the asparagus gathers on the market tables.

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Lemony Asparagus and Chicken Pasta Toss

A great option for brown-bag lunches.

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Simple Asparagus Saute

Finger food for parties, or side dish for dinner.

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