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Old 01-08-2009, 08:13 PM   #1
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Asparagus

I have never made asparagus before and would like to make it this weekend. I am thinking of wrapping it in beef fry.(Sorry no bacon strictly kosher) What is best way to prepare this and do you think it will work if I serve it cold?

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Old 01-08-2009, 09:14 PM   #2
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I have never made asparagus before and would like to make it this weekend. I am thinking of wrapping it in beef fry.(Sorry no bacon strictly kosher) What is best way to prepare this and do you think it will work if I serve it cold?
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you don't need to wrap it in beef, try roasting it in a light bath of extra virgin olive oil and some sea salt, then when it comes out of the oven, let come to room temp and shave some good parmesan or romano. I prefer parm over it, place on serving platter and pour the evoo from the cookie sheet back onto the spears..Try one, just be careful and save some for your guests...if you are fond of fresh cracked black pepper that can be added as it roasts.
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Old 01-08-2009, 09:24 PM   #3
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Dan, you can leave off the cheese if you want to serve it at a fleishig meal. It is fantastic roasted either straight from the oven or served at room temperature like kadesma said.

It is wonderfully steamed--either standing up in an asparagus steamer or as I do in a pan with a steam basket and pan lid. If the stalks are thick, you can peel them. I just snap them where they want to break because they can be woody on the bottom. Cook them until they are tender but not mushy.

If your meal is milchig, another great way of eating steamed asparagus is with hollandaise sauce or as kadesma suggested with the shaved cheese.

Asparagus can be made into a wonderful soup, too. It is one of my favorite vegetables. One of my kitties (of blessed memory) use to love asparagus too--Pippin could eat 4 stalks if I chopped it up for him--he would go crazy when he smelled it steaming. He couldn't wait for some.
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:15 PM   #4
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If they are fresh, broil it... brush with olive oil, broil until they begin to brown... awesome!!

if canned.. toss out...I can't stand canned asparagus...
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:35 PM   #5
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Asparagus can be made into a wonderful soup, too. It is one of my favorite vegetables. One of my kitties (of blessed memory) use to love asparagus too--Pippin could eat 4 stalks if I chopped it up for him--he would go crazy when he smelled it steaming. He couldn't wait for some.
LOL ! that must have made for one wicked litterbox!

I like it wrapped in prosciutto but if pork is the issue I would skip the beef and just grill it or do it with some garlic and lemon
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Old 01-09-2009, 12:39 PM   #6
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It's also delicious braised in a little chicken broth, lemon juice and butter.
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Old 01-09-2009, 12:41 PM   #7
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One of my kitties (of blessed memory) use to love asparagus too--Pippin could eat 4 stalks if I chopped it up for him--he would go crazy when he smelled it steaming. He couldn't wait for some.
My cat Jack is the same way - he adores asparagus. He's overweight and usually takes his time doing things but when he smells asparagus cooking, he runs down the stairs!
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Old 01-09-2009, 01:22 PM   #8
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I cook it on a very low boil in a steamer. Once water comes to a rolling boil, set to low, and let it go for about 10 to 15 minutes. This way they stay firm. I add minced garlic and crab boil to the water, and it gives a great flavor. They are delicious cold. I am cooking some tommorrow with some grilled rib eyes or tuna steaks. My son did great on his report card.
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Old 01-09-2009, 01:46 PM   #9
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I'm a roating fan too!
Snap off the woody parts, toss with Olive Oil, salt, black pepper, and crushed garlic if you like.

Put some EVOO in a roasting pan, put the pan in the oven and set the the oven for 400 degrees.

When the oven is preheated, take out the pan, add the asparagus, toss and put back inthe oven.

Cook till roasted and tender.
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Old 01-09-2009, 03:26 PM   #10
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Don't bother wrapping it in beef - just roast, boil, or steam until "just" tender. Then by all means serve cold dressed in with a good vinegarette dressing. This is actually a classic way of serving asparagus. Some folks also top this type of presentation with some finely minced hard-boiled egg yolks &/or chopped fresh herbs of choice.
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Old 01-09-2009, 04:28 PM   #11
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I usually steam mine and serve with melted butter
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Old 01-09-2009, 04:34 PM   #12
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One more idea - if you do want to present asparagus wrapped (which would be served hot or warm - not cold), try turkey bacon. It gives a nice smoky "bacon" flavor without the pork. It's a "must have" in my fridge since my husband doesn't eat any pork products.
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Old 01-09-2009, 04:40 PM   #13
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I like to sprinkle on some olive oil, whatever seasoning I'm in the mood for, toss well, then throw on a hot grill.
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I do an asian style dish. It can be cold or hot, but I like it cold.

Steam a pound or 2 of prepared fresh asparagus just til tender.
Shock them in ice cold water to stop cooking.

In the meantime, toast about 1 - 1 1/2 TBSP. sesame seeds

In a small bowl, whisk about 2 TBSPs soy sauce (you can use light soy), 1 TBSP sesame oil and sesame seeds.


Add asparagus and toss to coat. Refridgerate for a couple hours to overnight. Toss again before serving.

NOTE: You can also microplane some fresh ginger and garlic (about a 1/2 tsp. of each) to oil mixture before adding asparagus.

If you're planning on beef, this goes great.
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I do an asian style dish. It can be cold or hot, but I like it cold.

Steam a pound or 2 of prepared fresh asparagus just til tender.
Shock them in ice cold water to stop cooking.

In the meantime, toast about 1 - 1 1/2 TBSP. sesame seeds

In a small bowl, whisk about 2 TBSPs soy sauce (you can use light soy), 1 TBSP sesame oil and sesame seeds.


Add asparagus and toss to coat. Refridgerate for a couple hours to overnight. Toss again before serving.

NOTE: You can also microplane some fresh ginger and garlic (about a 1/2 tsp. of each) to oil mixture before adding asparagus.

If you're planning on beef, this goes great.
I'm picking up some asparagus this weekend!
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Old 01-09-2009, 06:05 PM   #16
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It is definetely NOT Asparagus season right now... here in G...

but if it would be I'd just cook it, melt some butter, top the Asparagus with it, sprinkle some breadcrumbs over it and enjoy...
some people like potatoes with it, but for me the asparagus is enough.... ;o))
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I'm picking up some asparagus this weekend!
Thanks, Dave. Just one of my favorite ways, for one of my 2 favorite veggies. (Artichokes my other favorite)
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I'm not in the mood to google .......does anyone know what my favorite veggie means.....asparagus....that's got to have a history.....I love it steamed for just a few minutes and lemon juice squeezed over it.........bon apetit
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My cat Jack is the same way - he adores asparagus. He's overweight and usually takes his time doing things but when he smells asparagus cooking, he runs down the stairs!
Everyone thought a cat liking asparagus was wierd. Pippin was the only cat I knew who liked it. Jack must be awesome! Pippin was a real character. I still miss him.

My mom wanted me to write a children's book about him.
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You can also braise it in a little bit of chicken stock with some olive oil and fresh herbs
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