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Easy Asparagus Recipes

When asparagus is in season and fresh, it is time to create some easy and delicious recipes

Asparagus, when it is fresh, has so many uses in the kitchen. You can find a multitude of great recipes in any cookbook and by searching the Internet.

Always cook asparagus within a day or so of purchase; especially the thinner, younger stalks.

You can create elaborate asparagus dishes or simpler ones that are limited to grilling, roasting, frying, and steaming.

For marinating, we recommend Italian salad dressing.

If you are grilling, a hinged basket will help prevent asparagus loss through the grate. Just be sure to keep the tip ends on the outer edges of the heat as they will cook faster. With the enclosed basket, you can use thin or standard-sized spears. Flip the basket so all sides cook thoroughly, 5-6 minutes for thinner stalks and up to 8 minutes for thicker ones. Grilled asparagus is also good chilled and added to salads.

Steaming and roasting are even easier. For baking, coat with olive oil and place on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and roast for 8-10 minutes depending on the size of the stalk. Steaming should take about 6-8 minutes depending on the stalk size.

You can also stir-fry asparagus for a wonderful Asian flair. Marinate the asparagus in soy sauce. Heat the wok and add a little oil. Add a thinly-sliced jalapeno and let it fry first. Add water chestnuts (optional), and the asparagus (thin works best). Add pepper and chili powder to taste. Toss for no more than five minutes. Add a little more sauce if the food begins to stick. Serve with rice.

You can also saute asparagus. Place it in boiling water for up to 4 minutes first and then drain. Add 2 tablespoons butter to a skillet on medium heat. Add fresh, minced garlic and cook until browned. Add asparagus and let it heat through; it should also start to brown. Place on platter and top with grated parmesan cheese.

These tasty ideas for asparagus can be incorporated with your own favorite flavorings and vegetables. The unique flavor of asparagus is the perfect complement for any entree.


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