Versatile asparagus can be served raw or cooked

Asparagus

Asparagus goes well raw in salads or omelets or served as a nice side dish for fish, chicken or pork,

Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 12:08 PM.

Asparagus is in season and can be purchased for a reasonable price. It can be eaten raw, steamed, grilled, and/or roasted. To steam just place asparagus in a steamer basket in a pot with one inch of water, cook on medium high heat until just tender, about 4-7 minutes. Add a drizzle of olive oil or sesame oil and toss to coat and serve.

Asparagus goes well raw in salads or omelets. It’s a nice side dish for fish, chicken or pork. Just cut it into thin one inch slices to toss in a salad.

Choose firm bright green spears with tight tips. Store asparagus by cutting one half inch off the bottoms of the stalks and stand upright in a container with one inch of water, place a plastic bag over the top and refrigerate. Asparagus has its best flavor if served within four days of purchase. Make sure the stalks are not limp when purchasing. One pound usually serves 4 people. Trim the woody ends from the spears. These may be cooked in a chicken broth and used as a base for a soup.

Enjoy!

Fresh Asparagus with Lemon-Basil Yogurt Dip

1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces

1 lemon, juice reserved



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