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Friday, June 11, 2010

First go at fresh asparagus

I am pretty sure I have never eaten fresh asparagus. The canned stuff, yep. Fresh, pretty sure it's a no. I am POSTIVE I have never cooked fresh asparagus. Never. I have never even bought fresh asparagus. (While not buying and not cooking asparagus seems to go hand in hand, I often buy stuff that I forget about. Then it goes wonky & I never get around to cooking it. Sad, but true.) The other day while I was out getting groceries, I saw some asparagus and I bought it. It needed to be cooked today. So, I figured why not give it a go. :)
Yummy Asparagus
1 bunch of asparagus
an obscene amount of butter...ok you could get by on 2 tbsp
2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced fine
First snap the non edible ends off the asparagus. I never did this before, but it was pretty easy. Hold both ends and bend each asparagus rod ( I am sure there is another name for this, but I have no idea what it is) until it snaps and throw the bottom end snapped off part away...Got it? Ok. Melt the butter over medium high heat in a skillet large enough to hold your asparagus. I used a cast iron one, but I am partial to cast iron. When the butter is melted, add asparagus to pan and pressed garlic. Toss everything around and let cook 5-10 minutes, or until asparagus is soft, but still slightly crisp.


  1. You know, you can snap one and then cut the rest to be the same length...saves a bit of time.

    My fav way to eat them is grilled or roasted...yumtastic!

  2. This sounds good. I like grilled. I also will steam mine for 5 -7 min.
    Thanks for the new way to try them.

  3. It's also yummy baked in the over with prishoto (I have not idea how to spell it but it's the Italian bacon stuff) wrapped around it with olive oil drizzled on it.