Spring Recipes Cooking with Fresh Asparagus

Spring Recipes Cooking with Fresh Asparagus 1 Rating(s)

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Do you love asparagus or hate it?  It seems most people have strong feelings one way or another.  As a young person, I absolutely detested it!  (Not that I had experienced fresh stalks of crisp asparagus cooked just right, mind you.) Then when I was a teenager, we lived next door to a family with a very large asparagus patch.  In exchange for helping in their garden, we received part of the crop – oh, joy! I thought.  Not exactly the reward I was hoping for in exchange for hard work.

But the first time my mom cooked up a tender batch of that fresh asparagus, seasoned simply with a little butter and some salt and pepper, I could hardly believe my taste buds!  It was heavenly, and an asparagus lover was born.

Of course, wouldn’t you know that my family is not so partial to the vegetable, so I do not serve it very often.  But I came across this idea for cooking just a few stalks quickly and easily and knew this would be a great way for me to enjoy some fresh asparagus, even though my family would turn up their noses.

So, if you find yourself in this same dilemma (or are only cooking for one most of the time), try this easy recipe (and scroll further down for family-size recipes).

Microwave – Quick Fresh Asparagus

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Or if you just want a little asparagus for yourself, try steaming up a small bunch in the microwave.  Wrap a small bundle of stems (after washing and removing tough ends) in a damp paper towel; place on a plate and microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When it looks bright green and is just tender, it’s ready to eat.  If it’s still a little tough when checked with a fork, heat for one more minute in the microwave.  Add a little salt, pepper, and melted butter or olive oil, if desired, and enjoy!

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Maybe your family loves asparagus, though, and you are looking for some fun unique ways to prepare dishes this spring.  If so, here are a variety of options for you.


Lemony Saute Asparagus

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Baked Fusilli with Asparagus

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Stir Fried Chicken and Asparagus with Cashews

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Prosciutto Asparagus Spirals

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Bobby Flay’s Asparagus Salad

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With so many delicious and varying asparagus dish ideas, which ones will you try this spring?  Do you have other favorites or ideas you could share in a comment below?  We’d love to hear from you!

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April 3rd, 2014

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