Asparagus: your new favorite vegetable to start buying stocks
Asparagus is, in my opinion, a very underrated vegetable. While our freezers are stocked with frozen peas, shelves stocked with canned sweetcorn, and cupboards stocked with bags of carrots and onions, asparagus always seems quite neglected in our kitchen.
To be honest, the lack of publicity it gets probably means we avoid it because we just don’t know what to cook with! Does asparagus go with pasta or rice? Do we boil it or roast it? Well, late spring is the best season for asparagus, so now is the time to find out! Here are some ideas to start experimenting with this delicious and nutritious vegetable!
Slice your asparagus lightly to shorten the tips. Boil your pasta as usual and in the last three minutes of cooking add your asparagus. Drain your pasta then return it to the pan and stir in the spinach leaves and the sauce of your choice – pesto, crème fraîche or a cheese sauce would go perfectly with that!
Try it with avocado and bacon with leaves and olive oil, or a mix with quinoa and feta for a more filling lunch.
Brighten up your basic lettuce salads! Boil your asparagus by cooking them for 2 minutes in boiling water then immediately running them in cold water. So get creative! Try it with avocado and bacon with leaves and olive oil, or a mix with quinoa and feta for a more filling lunch.
You can also make healthy soups: just chop finely then cook them in olive oil with garlic and onion, add vegetable broth then other vegetables like spinach or the peas. Add the spices or flavors you want, then mix everything together! At the end, add fresh cream for a nice creamy consistency.
Just place asparagus on a platter and coat them with olive oil, salt, pepper and any spices of your choice, then roast them for about 20 minutes in the oven. This makes the asparagus very tasty and charred which can be put in so many dishes! Use it as a garnish for a homemade pizza or serve it with roasted sweet potatoes and beans for a Mexican dish.
It’s so easy and a really summery dish. Simply buy puff pastry and cut it into rectangles then place it on a baking sheet, then spread it on a tomato passata and add your asparagus on top and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for about 20 minutes in the oven until the pastry is puffed and golden and the asparagus is tender. You can also add feta cheese, sundried tomatoes or whatever you like!
Make sure you leave room in your cart for a bundle of asparagus and be inventive with this versatile vegetable!
Since barbecue season begins, why not throw a few asparagus tips on the barbecue next to your sausages and cook for 5 to 8 minutes, until slightly tender and grilled for the perfect accompaniment!
So the next time you’re doing that essential department store, make sure you leave room in your cart for a bundle of asparagus and be inventive with this versatile vegetable! Good food!
If you want more inspiration check out the British Asparagus page here!
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