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Old 05-01-2008, 10:55 AM   #11
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Reduce some balsamic to a syrup.

Break off woody ends, toss in good olive oil, sprinkle with kosher salt and either grill or roast in oven. Drizzle with balsamic. If I roast in oven I add the balsamic before I roast.
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Old 05-01-2008, 11:03 AM   #12
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One of my favorite recipies is to blanch the asparagus in boiling water for a minute or two. Drain, drizzle with a tiny bit of evoo and salt and pepper. Depending on the size of the asparagus, bundle up 5 or 6 thin asparagus or 3 or 4 thick asparagus and warp with bacon. Place on grill for several minutes turning frequently. I love the flavor the bacon imparts on the asparagus!
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Old 05-01-2008, 11:09 AM   #13
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Toss in evoo and throw on the grill. I do not cook it long. I like my asparagus to have some snap to it. I even love it raw. Sprinkle on some salt after you pull it off the grill.
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Old 05-01-2008, 11:21 AM   #14
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Toss in evoo and throw on the grill. I do not cook it long. I like my asparagus to have some snap to it. I even love it raw. Sprinkle on some salt after you pull it off the grill.
I use toothpicks to make asparagus rafts and grill them. Each raft is a serving.

Other than that, sauteed with whole garlic, evoo, red pepper flakes, S&P. Or saute them and pour a little cream of (fill in the blank) soup for a nice side dish.
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Old 05-01-2008, 11:23 AM   #15
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I use toothpicks to make asparagus rafts and grill them. Each raft is a serving.
Yep that is a great way to do it. The asparagus does not fall between the grates that way and is easy to turn. I usually use skewers, but i like your toothpick idea better.
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Old 05-01-2008, 11:31 AM   #16
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I like to put asparagus on my pizza with goat cheese and sundried tomatoes. It's so yummy!
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Old 05-01-2008, 11:36 AM   #17
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I like to put asparagus on my pizza with goat cheese and sundried tomatoes. It's so yummy!
Now that sounds good.
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Old 05-01-2008, 01:52 PM   #18
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Ahhh, fresh asparagus! Let me count the ways. Steam, blanch, roast, pan fry, stir fry, grill -- it's all good!

Roast em with evoo, s&p, thinly sliced lemon or lime, & garlic - or toss the cooked asparagus with butter & sprinkle with lemon or lime zest. Sprinkle with fresh grated parmesan, if desired.

As an appy, wrap the cooked asparagus with prosciutto or salmon & wrap with a scallion (green onion). Here's a link.

http://www.discusscooking.com/forums...ons-44504.html

Another fave - cold asparagus salad. Lay the cooked asparagus spears on a platter of butter lettuce & surround with sliced tomatoes. Drizzle with evoo, s&p to taste.

Stir fried w soy sauce, & sprinkled w toasted sesame seeds.

A salad of asparagus with toasted pine nuts, mozzarella or feta or goat cheese, and grape or cherry tomatoes & balsamic.

Another fave main dish - shrimp, asparagus & pasta - w evoo/garlic butter sauce.

Make a compound butter - herbs - tarragon, basil, etc, or a citrus i.e. lemon or lime zest. Toss cooked asparagus with your compound butter.

Wrap asparagus spears in puff pastry - easy appy.
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Old 05-01-2008, 06:17 PM   #19
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This is what I do to asparagus. Wash, of course. Lay on a piece of foil and sprinkle with S & P and garlic S. A couple pats of butter on top then BBQ for 5 min. I really prefer to drizzle with OO, but DH is not crazy about it that way. It is deeeelicious BBQ'd.
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Old 05-01-2008, 07:52 PM   #20
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DH picked a nice mess of asparagus last week. He sautees it in a little olive oil with minced garlic and salt and pepper, then adds a pat of butter and a little chicken broth. Then the lid goes on, the heat goes down, and it steams till tender.

You can also skip the chicken broth and add a good squeeze of lemon juice, then continue as above.

That creamed asparagus sure sounds good. I need to have DH buy some whole milk, as we drink skim. It can be made with skim milk, but it takes longer to thicken, and I always end up adding cream cheese to make it richer.
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