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4 Asparagus side dishes in under 30 minutes

Diana Johnson is a professional recipe developer, food photographer, freelance writer and cooking instructor. She's also a mother who believes that kids can love healthy food, and that no child should have to experience food insecurity. ...

Easy and creative asparagus recipes to dress up your spring dinner table

Asparagus is in full swing now that spring is here, so I decided it was time to play with it in the kitchen. These four side dish recipes are simple to make and super fun to eat.

Try crispy asparagus fries, gooey prosciutto-wrapped asparagus stuffed with blue cheese, colorful balsamic asparagus and strawberries or flaky asparagus pizza pockets. Each recipe is ready in under 30 minutes, so you can make just one, or halve the recipes and make them all to let your family vote for their favorite.

Easy and creative asparagus recipes to dress up your spring dinner table

Oven-baked asparagus fries recipe

These crispy, breaded asparagus spears are baked in the oven instead of fried. But I doubt your family will even notice how healthy these are as they devour them.

Serves 4

Prep time: 10 minutes | Bake time: 15 minutes | Total time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 16 large asparagus spears
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • Spray oil, like Pam

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Trim the ends from your asparagus spears.
  3. In a shallow bowl, mix the flour, salt and pepper.
  4. In another shallow bowl, whisk the eggs.
  5. In a third shallow bowl, place the panko.
  6. Dip each asparagus spear into the flour, then the eggs, then the panko. Make sure each one is well coated.
  7. Place the breaded asparagus on a foil-lined baking sheet, and spray lightly with oil.
  8. Bake for about 15 minutes, until golden.

Easy and creative asparagus recipes to dress up your spring dinner table

Blue cheese-stuffed prosciutto-wrapped asparagus recipe

This side dish is salty and gooey and absolutely addicting. If the combination of blue cheese and prosciutto is just too salty for you, then try a less salty cheese, like chèvre.

Serves 4

Prep time: 10 minutes | Bake time: 10 minutes | Total time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 16 large asparagus spears
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 16 slices prosciutto

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Trim the ends from your asparagus spears.
  3. Place a prosciutto slice with a piece of asparagus at 1 end on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  4. Put a few crumbles of cheese next to the asparagus, and roll it all up in the prosciutto. Repeat with the remaining asparagus.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes, until the prosciutto is crispy.

Easy and creative asparagus recipes to dress up your spring dinner table

Balsamic-roasted asparagus with strawberries recipe

This cute asparagus dish is bright and cheerful, both from its stunning colors and the tangy combination of balsamic vinegar and strawberries. If you don't have a good-quality finishing vinegar, just boil your balsamic vinegar until reduced by half before drizzling it on the dish.

Serves 4

Prep time: 10 minutes | Bake time: 10 minutes | Total time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 16 large asparagus spears
  • 8 strawberries
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Directions: 

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Trim the ends from your asparagus spears.
  3. Rinse your strawberries, remove the stems (I like to cut them out in a "V" to make a heart shape), and then slice the strawberries.
  4. Place the asparagus on a foil-lined baking sheet, and drizzle with olive oil.
  5. Bake for about 10 minutes, until tender but still crisp.
  6. Plate the asparagus with sliced strawberries, and drizzle with the vinegar.

Easy and creative asparagus recipes to dress up your spring dinner table

Sun-dried tomato asparagus pizza pockets recipe

Puff pastry stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes and mozzarella gives a buttery, flaky crust to this asparagus side dish. If you're looking for a healthier option, swap the puff pastry with whole-wheat pizza dough.

Serves 4

Prep time: 10 minutes | Bake time: 20 minutes | Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 12 asparagus spears
  • 2 sheets puff pastry
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella

Directions: 

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Trim the ends from your asparagus spears.
  3. Thaw the puff pastry according to the package directions, and cut each sheet into 6 equal pieces.
  4. Spread some sun-dried tomatoes down the center of each piece of puff pastry.
  5. Place a piece of asparagus on top of the sun-dried tomato, and sprinkle with cheese.
  6. Fold the ends of the puff pastry over each other, and place each pocket seam side down.
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes, until puffy and golden.

Easy and creative asparagus recipes to dress up your spring dinner table

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