Asparagus has been booming in our local stores. With better prices than I’ve seen in a long time, we’ve been taking home several bunches of asparagus every week. This favorite spring vegetable is enjoyable when prepared both simply and when added to more complex dishes. Here are a couple of my favorite ways to enjoy this lovely vegetable.
1. Roasted Asparagus
Roasting brings out all of the depth of flavor possible with asparagus. I could eat roasted asparagus everyday. It is simple to throw together for a side dish, which makes me happy too. If you wanted to make it fancier, you could also prepare my Roasted Asparagus with Mushrooms and a Lemon Butter Sauce.
Asparagus makes a great addition to soup. It is delicious as a creamed soup like, Asparagus soup with gremolata (gremolata is a parsley, garlic, lemon garnish which contains a lot of fresh flavor), or added to a simple egg drop soup.
3. Grilled Pancetta-Wrapped Asparagus
Some friends served us this recipe made with bacon instead of pancetta and it was amazing. Bacon (or pancetta) makes everything taste better, right?
4. Asparagus, Peas and Basil
This simple sauté highlights the sweetness of the peas and asparagus with fresh basil. Just the right dish for a hot spring day when you want something light.
5. Shaved Asparagus with Parmesan Vinaigrette
Speaking of fresh, why not keep asparagus raw? With asparagus coming into the height of it’s season soon, this is the perfect salad to enjoy the crisp flavor of raw asparagus.
What are your favorite ways to serve asparagus? I’d love to get some new ideas!