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    Post Asparagus

    Anyone have ideas on how to cook fresh asparagus?I didn't want to just have it plain maybe used in a recipe or some soup?

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    Quote Originally Posted by berserkergrrl
    Anyone have ideas on how to cook fresh asparagus?I didn't want to just have it plain maybe used in a recipe or some soup?


    Well the straight method to cook it is....
    Trim the ends & stand the bundle (in a glass) in cold water for about an hour.
    To prepare for cooking, lightly scrape back any tough skin, with a sharp knife.
    Wash well, then tie the asparagus in bundles of 10 each. (or 5, for a small meal).
    Bring to boil, a saucepan with salted water. Drop the spears in, making sure the width of the pot allows the spears to lay horizontal.
    Cook for approx 6-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the spears. Leaving a few spears loose in the pot, also helps to test the tenderness. Bite the butt end...it should be tender but firm.
    When cooked, lift out the bundles & drain on a clean folded teacloth.
    Snip ties & arrange on platter/plate, with melted butter. (also mixed with lemon juice & pepper). Serve as a side dish.

    As for some other recipes...I will check my cookbooks.

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    Here's a soup I found in one of my books..

    ASPARAGUS SOUP with PARMESAN CRISPS
    Prep time: 15 mins
    Cooking time :30 mins
    Serves 4.

    720g fresh asparagus, trimmed
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    30g butter
    1 large red onion, finely chopped
    1 large leek, thinly sliced
    2 large potatoes, cut into 1cm cubes
    1.25 litres of chicken stock (best to make your own stock with chicken carcasses, but stock cubes will suffice)
    1/3 cup (80ml) cream
    1/3 (90g) sour cream
    1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives
    60g grated Parmesan.


    1. Roughly chop 630g of the asparagus, then cut the rest into 6 cm pieces. Heat the oil & butter in a large saucepan over medium heat & cook the onios & leek for 5 mins, or until soft.
    Add the potatoe, chopped asparagus & stock and bring to boil over high heat. Reduce the heat & simmer for 8 mins, or until the vegetables are tender. Blanch the remaining (6cm pieces) asparagus in a saucepan of boiling water.

    2. Cool the soup, then puree. (in a blender/mixer). Return to the pan, stir in the cream for 1-2 mins (until heated through). Season. Garnish with sour cream, blanched asparagus, chives and serve.

    Parmesan Crisps
    1. Preheat the over to mod hot 190*C (375*F/Gas 5). Line 3 baking trays with baking paper & place 4 9cm eggs rings on each tray. Sprinkle 5g of the Parmesan into each ring in a thin layer (for a lacy edge, remove the rings). Bake for 5 mins, or until melted & just golden brown. Cool.



    I feel like cooking this now....

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    Post Re: Asparagus

    Melted cheese on asparagus is goooooood!

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    Post Re: Asparagus

    I usually eat it with butter, salt, pepper and vinegar.
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    Post Re: Asparagus

    Steamed or raw are my preffered methods for consuming asparagus.

    I always get a chuckle when I think of asparagus. It reminds me of the Far Side cartoon in which a man was driving an "asparagus truck" and singing "I cuss, you cuss, we all cuss for asparagus!"

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    "I cuss, you cuss, we all cuss for asparagus!"
    : oh THAT is good never heard that before!That soup made me want to start cooking too! I have some left I choose a soup as it had gotten cold here again. I like to eat it just raw too!I also had some whitefish w/asparagas and crab meat "stuffed" in it,that was awesome! THX everyone!

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    I've probably eaten asparagus most of my 39 years. But last night I tried it raw for the very first time. It was very good. Tasted like raw snow peas. It had never occured to me to eat it raw. I thought it would be stalky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmocreator
    I've probably eaten asparagus most of my 39 years. But last night I tried it raw for the very first time. It was very good. Tasted like raw snow peas. It had never occured to me to eat it raw. I thought it would be stalky.

    It goes great with a dip when raw.

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    It goes great with a dip when raw.
    hey I never tried that,just now trying to do the veggies NIX the dip though! Do you mean like carrot sticks,etc on a veggie tray kinda?

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