Asparagus

  • GoodPup

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    Dec 03, 2008 7:29 AM GMT
    Anyone know of some better ways to prepare it? I always thought I hated it... but that is just how my family used to eat it. ha! I recently had some that was really good.... but no clue different ways to prepare it.
    Any ideas?
  • Musclebucket

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    Dec 03, 2008 3:15 PM GMT
    I like fresh Asparagus that is steamed
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    Dec 03, 2008 3:18 PM GMT
    Agree; steam it, never boil, to keep it crisp and retain flavor and nutrients.
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    Dec 03, 2008 3:21 PM GMT
    Go to epicurious.com and type in asparagus.

    You will get hundreds of ways to prepare it as well as reviews of others who have tried the recipe.

    I like it in risotto with peas or as a side.
    Roasted or grilled asparagus with sea salt, pepper and olive oil or butter is great too. Just remember to cut off the "woody" bottom of the stem and don't over cook them and you should be good to go.
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    Dec 03, 2008 3:22 PM GMT
    Not to hate on your enthusiasm for asparagus, but it really sucks any time but early spring. It's like berries, it has a short season, and when it's not in season it's just not the same.
  • CincyBOJ

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    Dec 03, 2008 3:35 PM GMT
    snap off the woody bases (they break off where they want to).

    drizzle olive oil,
    season with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper

    broil 500ºF in oven for about 10 minutes.(gets a bit smokey in the house)
    OR
    Wrap together but flat in foil and grill (waether permiting)
  • DuggerPDX

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    Dec 03, 2008 3:44 PM GMT
    CincyBOJ saidsnap off the woody bases (they break off where they want to).

    drizzle olive oil,
    season with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper

    broil 500ºF in oven for about 10 minutes.(gets a bit smokey in the house)
    OR
    Wrap together but flat in foil and grill (waether permiting)


    +1 love it roasted with olive oil and sea salt.

    Also, surprisingly good in the microwave with just a small bit of water, covered with plastic wrap, nuked for a very short time, maybe 45 sec - 1 minute and let rest for a minute.
  • buffmyke

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    Dec 03, 2008 3:58 PM GMT
    olive oil lemon pepper and toss it on th bbq.

    also buy the skinny ones, yes as gay men its hard to grab the smaller shafts but they are a lot more tender
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    Dec 03, 2008 4:03 PM GMT
    Oh steaming makes it way too mushy for me! I just lay it out on a cookie sheet, drizzle (not pour) some olive oil on it, add some salt and pepper and throw it into a 350 oven for about 20 - 25 minutes. Roasted asparagus is so good. I like it actually a little "crunchy" so sometimes leave it in a little longer. When I serve it, I get great responses because it's NOT steamed. Sorry steam guys, just my preference.
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    Dec 03, 2008 4:08 PM GMT
    When steaming, always do it for less time than you think you should or the recipe indicates.

    I prefer mine grilled.
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    Dec 03, 2008 4:11 PM GMT
    njnick saidI like to drizzle a little salt/pepper/olive oil on it & either grill it on a grill pan - or do a saute in a skillet. about 10 min over medium high heat turning frequently so it doesn't blacken too much - it will get a little brown in spots.

    If I'm not being overly diet conscious I'll saute it in butter and once it's done sprinkle a little parm cheese on it. You could also skip the salt & the butter and add the parm cheese at the end.


    That's the way I do it Nick!! icon_biggrin.gif

    Or you can reduce some balsamic vinegar and put that on it too, with crumbled goat's cheese icon_smile.gif
  • Bunjamon

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    Dec 03, 2008 4:14 PM GMT
    You can sauté them, too. You know when they're done when you stick a sharp knife in them and there's no resistance. A little butter, a little salt.....yummo. Makes your pee reek, though.
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    Dec 03, 2008 4:19 PM GMT
    I like to pan sear them with some garlic powder and onions and add them to an omlette. Tasty!
  • sarmorgh

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    Dec 03, 2008 4:45 PM GMT
    grill it with salt and pepper and then smother it in hollandaise.
  • EricLA

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    Dec 03, 2008 5:28 PM GMT
    The key is to not cook it too long. It should never be soggy. My mother used to cook the hell out of every vegetable. Most vegetables should be cooked just long enough so a fork can just pierce it.

    I prefer to steam mine and eat it with just a tiny side of fat free mayo.
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    Dec 03, 2008 8:24 PM GMT
    I steam mine (just barely), chop them and throw into an omlette with cream cheese.
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    Dec 03, 2008 8:29 PM GMT
    I can't get past the smell of cooked Asparagus.
    Even worse, taste nasty when your partner cums.icon_confused.gif
  • vindog

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    Jan 08, 2009 5:04 PM GMT
    eb925guy saidOh steaming makes it way too mushy for me! I just lay it out on a cookie sheet, drizzle (not pour) some olive oil on it, add some salt and pepper and throw it into a 350 oven for about 20 - 25 minutes. Roasted asparagus is so good. I like it actually a little "crunchy" so sometimes leave it in a little longer. When I serve it, I get great responses because it's NOT steamed. Sorry steam guys, just my preference.



    a little balsalmic up in that beeeeeatch is off the heezy too....
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    Jan 08, 2009 5:19 PM GMT
    plzzz, Love it. And it make your urine smell like grape juice. Whats not to love?
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    Jan 09, 2009 12:40 AM GMT
    Marinade in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh garlic, fresh rosemary, sea salt and cracked pepper, then grill or broil... awesome
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    Jan 09, 2009 12:45 AM GMT
    Go to Germany, south of Frankfurt, in late Spring or early summer for the harvest season of spargel (white asparagus). Every restaurant will have it and seeing it on a menu is unavoidable. My preference is for the green variety we all know and love. Meeting the albino was a treat.
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    Jan 09, 2009 12:48 AM GMT
    Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar with garlic, black pepper, salt, fresh rosemary and if you like a little extra kick some red chili flakes. Broil or grill as described so many times above. Enjoy. (The balsamic vinegar will almost eliminate the asparagus odor most people dislike, especially if you have nice, fresh, young asparagus).
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    Jan 09, 2009 12:50 AM GMT
    My wife is German, and she goes nuts over white asparagus. I don't think it's all that great, and the green stuff is, no doubt, more nutritious.
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    Jan 09, 2009 12:57 AM GMT
    Makes your pee smell and your cum taste funny. I will pass
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    Jan 21, 2009 5:20 AM GMT
    olive oil, sea salt and a sprinkling of freshly grated parmesan cheese is excellent! Bake it in a 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes - PERFECT!