Asparagus is a deliciously nutritious vegetable at any time of the year. Read on to discover some yummy ways you can enjoy these crunchy green spears this summer.
Good in so many ways
Asparagus is a unique vegetable because it is the perfect middle ground in a variety of ways. It’s both crisp and tender, neutral yet flavourful. There truly is nothing quite like it. And with cool varieties such as green, white or purple, there’s plenty of fun to be had. Plus, asparagus is low in calories but high in potassium and folate — what is there not to love?
Cooking with it
In some ways asparagus is a tricky vegetable to cook with, because each spear is made up of three parts. There’s the head, which is tangy and flavourful; the stem, which is tender and subtle; and the end, which is often too tough and woody to work with. So before you cook with asparagus, you must prepare it properly. Hold each spear by its opposite ends, then gently bend the stalk until it breaks. You should be left with the head and the stem in one hand, and the tough, woody end in the other. Discard the ends, then get ready to whip up something delicious with the heads!
The perfect side dish
Asparagus is a versatile vegetable, as it can blend beautifully into complex creations or it can stand strongly on its own as a side dish. To bring out all the tanginess and flavour of fresh asparagus, make something simple, such as steamed asparagus with lemon zest. Or for a more decadent side option, consider roasted asparagus with goat cheese. Roasting asparagus really brings out its flavour, and sprinkling vegetables with creamy cheese always adds a lot to an otherwise average side dish. And when in need of a healthy yet comforting treat, you can’t go wrong with a creamy asparagus soup.
Very few foods don’t go well with asparagus, but one food that pairs particularly well with asparagus is eggs. Whether in a quiche, on a tart or whipped into an omelette, eggs and asparagus make a great pair. Want to try out the combo for yourself? Make a simple yet delicious asparagus and goat cheese frittata. Or for something a little fancier and a dash more decadent, enjoy an asparagus quiche lorraine. For a delicious vegetarian option, wow your family or guests with an asparagus and pea risotto. You can use the risotto as a scrumptious side dish, or let it shine as the main course. No matter how you play around with this versatile vegetable, you’re bound to wind up with a delicious dish!