Asparagus is such an incredibly versatile vegetable! It can be grilled, roasted, braised, steamed, marinated, even pickled! The key to cooking asparagus is to make sure that you are not over cooking -- you want the stalks to be bright green and barely tender, not an olive color and mushy. Preparation, too, is important: break or cut off the thick woody stems at the base which tend to be quite tough! You can reserve these bits for making vegetable stock, if desired. Here are 3 simple & delicious (& gluten free!) asparagus recipes to inspire your palate.
Roasted Asparagus with Cherry Balsamic Glaze
Earthy asparagus with a sweet-tart cherry and balsamic reduction, topped with toasted almonds - a perfect autumn treat.
Flemish Style Asparagus
Parboiled asparagus with a hardboiled egg sauce makes for a delicious combination of textures and flavors.
Asparagus Salad with Tarragon Vinaigrette & Garlic Chips
Lightly crisp asparagus, a tangy herbal vinaigrette and aromatic garlic chips make for one fine early autumn salad.