Asparagus Season, Our Recipe Picks

asparagus and goat's cheese pizza

Asparagus season is here and we have a list of fabulous recipes to help you make the most from your green jeweled stems.

Selecting and preparing asparagus
Always look for stems that are firm and crisp.  Pick bunches where stems are of similar size and leave behind any with dry split stems.
Thick or thin spears is really just a matter of personal preference.

Snap asparagus ends off where they naturally break when you bend them.  These can be stored in a sealable plastic bag in the freezer and used for asparagus soup at a later date.

To store asparagus, leave the rubber band on the bunch and stand with spears pointing upwards in a small jug with about 5cm of water in the base.  Place a small plastic bag over the top and then store in the fridge for up to a week.  Change the water every few days.

Cooking Asparagus

I personally like cooking asparagus on a griddle plate with a drizzle of oil, you can also grill or roast it.
When cooking in water, drop spears into rapidly boiling water with a sprinkle of salt, cook for approximately 5 minutes or until the spear can just bend over touch the base.  Remove from the water and serve with butter or extra virgin olive oil.

Our Top 10 Asparagus Recipe Picks

eggs, asparagus and prosciuttoAsparagus, prosciutto and poached eggs on toast.
Not that this needs a recipe but it is a delicious way to start the day.

 

 

 

 

 

Asparagus, feta and farro saladFarro Salad with Asparagus, Peas and Feta
Great with frozen peas but amazing with fresh peas from the garden.

 

 

 

asparagus with currants and pine nuts

Asparagus with Goats’ Cheese, Pine nuts and Currants
Serve alongside grilled meats or as part of a shared plate meal.

 

 

 

 

asparagus and goat's cheese pizzaAsparagus, Courgette and Pine Nut Pizza
A light and healthy version to a traditional pizza.

 

 

 

Foodlovers website, Helen Jackson. Fish with asparagus and tarator sauce, Photos by Carolyn RobertsonAsparagus Spears with Tarator Sauce

 

 

 

560x375_asparagus-tartAsparagus, Courgette and Prosciutto Tart
Simple to make and very delicious to eat.

 

 

 

 

farro risottoRisotto with Asparagus and Broad Beans
We use farro but you can always use rice if you would rather.

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Asparagus, Cherry Tomato and Halloumi Salad

Full of flavour, colour and texture.

 

 

Asparagus, bacon and hollandaiseAsparagus and Hollandaise
A classic combination made easy with easy blender hollandaise sauce.

 

 

 

prawn blinisPrawn, Asparagus and Dill Blinis
Great for spring canapes.

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