Asparagus is probably my favorite food. While I best like it somewhat plain-- steamed and buttered lightly with mayo--I find other ways of making it interesting. This sizzling, sassy dish is simple and yet good enough for high-quality company.
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.
Fresh bright green asparagus is just wonderful and adding a nice cheese and lemon flavored sauce, topped with sun dried tomatoes and pine nuts… not only is an appealing dish to the eye, but tasty as well! This recipe was made especially for the RSC# 11 contest.
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!
If you like asparagus, you will love this. Fresh is always best as far as asparagus goes. This is for our FFF Contest
This could be made with canned asparagus, just substitute your juice from the can in place of the chicken broth. 1 can of asparagus would be about right I think
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.