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Ideas for Cooking Asparagus

Recipe by Steve Petusevsky, photograph by Eric Hinders, food styling by Skyler Meyers

Delicate in flavor, asparagus pairs nicely with many toppings and add-ons. Here are some of the best ways to prepare this practical produce.

  • COOKING METHODS Steam, roast, grill, or stir-fry. If roasting or grilling, blanch the asparagus first for 2 minutes in boiling water, then immediately plunge it into ice-cold water. This allows any marinade or spice to cook into the asparagus.

  • FLAVOR DRIZZLES” Select your favorite oil and combine with your choice of vinegar—3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. Add salt and pepper and drizzle over asparagus.

  • NUTS Chopped nuts are a great topper, especially if you brown them in a bit of olive oil for 2 minutes, until golden brown.

  • SEEDS Heat sesame, poppy, mustard, or caraway seeds in a dry pan for a minute to toast the flavor. Sprinkle over the asparagus spears.

  • CHEESE A delicate sprinkle of Parmesan, Manchego, Romano, queso blanco, or feta is incredible along with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and cracked pepper.

TRY IT: Make our delicious Grilled Asparagus With Truffle Salt and Parmesan.

 

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