Here's a great appetizer for springtime entertaining. The bold, toasty sesame oil adds depth to the classic garlic-lemon sauce. Arrange the crisp-tender asparagus spears, tips up, in a tall, clear glass, with the sesame sauce nearby, served in a radicchio leaf cup to add color. The asparagus can be cooked up to 1 day in advance. The sauce will keep for up to 1 week in a covered container in the refrigerator. Bring both to room temperature for serving.
I've been saving this since 1997 from McCall's magazine. There are 9 Passover recipes in it. The menu they gave is Gefilte Fish (no recipe), Chicken Soup With Matzo Balls, Mixed Green Salad (no recipe), Stuffed Tarragon Roast Capon With Rich Pan Gravy, Matzo Walnut and Mushroom Stuffing, Roasted Tzimmes, Asparagus With Lemon and Mint, Chocolate-Almond Torte With Strawberry Sauce, and Assorted Macaroons. One of these days I may get this made but for safe keeping I'm saving it here.
Asparagus is the most under-used side dish veggie on the market, IMHO. These seasonings will bump it up for you significantly -- I get a LOT of compliments on this recipe from friends and family. The truth is, I use exactly these same seasonings on my Ospidillo Cafe Brussells Sprouts. Enjoy!
This is a great way for me to get my daughter to eat a vegetable! Simple and fast this makes an elegant looking meal. I serve this on toast for lunch, or by itself with garlic bread is great as well. You can also make this with Grilled Ham Steaks, they are just not rolled up!
Hope you like it as much as we do! From Company's Coming Cookbook.
If only thick stalks of asparagus are available, peel the stalks. Blanch in boiling water for 2 minutes, drain and run under cold water until cold. If you have thin stalks, do not peel them, and blanch for only 1 minute.
We love asparagus, especially cheap and in season. I am always looking for a new way to prepare, other than roasting. This dish has become one of our favorites. Cooks Notes: In place of tarragon, use 2 tablespoons fresh dill, 1/4 cup chervil, or 1 tablespoon lemon thyme.
From Delia Smiths Vegetarian Collection. I add garlic to this so it is mentioned as an optional ingredient.
If you prefer you can pan roast the asparagus instead of steaming them.
Meant as a starter but can easily be served as a side dish.