Saturday, April 14, 2007

Six Great Ways to Cook Asparagus!
South Beach Recipes of the Week #29

Asparagus is my pick for South Beach Recipes of the Week, since I've been on an asparagus kick lately. Slow Roasted Asparagus is my most-used basic asparagus recipe, but there are so many ways to fix this perfectly low-glycemic vegetable. Here are some asparagus recipes I've found from my favorite food blogs. Whether or not you're a South Beach Dieter, bookmark these recipes if you're an asparagus lover like me.

Photo by Elise of Simply Recipes

One of the first food blogs I was found was Simply Recipes, and this recipe is the very first one I ever made from another blog! I promptly featured it on my blog and called it The Perfect Way to Cook Asparagus from Simply Recipes. Since then I've cooked it for guests countless times, always getting raves for this dish of slightly cooked asparagus tossed with great olive oil, lemon zest, and parmesan. Just delicious!

Photo by Alanna of A Veggie Venture

Food Blogging has broadened my cooking horizons in ways I probably couldn't have imagined, and one thing I'm a recent convert to is anchovies, so this recipe from Alanna for Asparagus with Anchovies and Garlic really sounds wonderful. (By the way, if you want to see an impressive recipe index, don't miss the newly unveiled Alphabet of Vegetables at A Veggie Venture! What a great resource for anyone who wants to find healthy recipes online.)

Photo by Ilva of Lucullian Delights

I always see creative food combinations at Lucullian Delights, and this recipe for Asparagus with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Pine Nuts has been added to my list of "must try" recipes. Ilva is in Tuscany, so if you're in the U.S. you may have a hard time finding whole sun-dried tomatoes, but I'm guessing the oil-packed chopped dried tomatoes I see in markets here would be fine in this recipe.

Photo by Renz of Little Bouffe

If you're a South Beach dieter, please ignore the mashed potatoes on this plate and focus instead on the lovely sounding Orange-Glazed Asparagus, which Renz of Little Bouffe describes as "quick, easy, delicious." Fresh orange juice is slightly reduced and used to glaze the asparagus with a bit of orange zest, which sounds like a great combination to me.

Photo by Ed of Is It EDible?

Since I love roasting asparagus, this super-easy recipe for Pan Roasted Asparagus caught my eye at Is It EDible. Ed used lemon infused olive oil to coat the asparagus, which I thought was just a brilliant touch, and I'll be looking for the flavored olive oil in my own store.

Photo by Cate of Sweetnicks

Last, but not least, I couldn't resist this idea of combining asparagus with one my very favorite condiments, so Dijon Asparagus from Sweetnicks sounded fantastic. Cate found the recipe from Rachel Ray, someone a lot of food snobs love to underestimate, but I credit the bubbly Ms. Ray for inspiring people with the idea that cooking at home doesn't need to be time-consuming, and this recipe is definitely a keeper.counter customizable free hit
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  1. Oh, that's a great post! I can never get tired of eating asparagus--so new recipes are always appreciated.

  2. Kalyn, you never fail to wow me with these collections you find. This is a great group of asparagus recipes!

  3. Awesome list of asparagus recipes!


  4. It's like chocolate - one can never have to many ways of eating it!
    Great collection

  5. It looks great, but it's sad to see only recepies
    of the green asparagus. In the Netherlands we harvest them when they are still under the ground, so they are white. It's called the white gold, and taste so much better than the green once. Asparagus turns green as soon as it comes above the ground and into the light. The white once you peal, cook for about 30 minutes with à bit of salt, take of the water and put à little bit of butter en crunched boiled egg over it. Delicious.

  6. Yolanda, we do get the white asparagus here, but it's much more expensive than the green ones.


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