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Simply Tasty Asparagus

Posted By Heather On April 24, 2009 @ 4:48 am In Recipes,What's for Dinner? | 22 Comments

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img_3291x [3]Nothing fancy about this — just a quick and easy side dish we like to eat.

Diane at The W.H.O.L.E. Gang [4] has determined the secret ingredient for Friday Foodie Fix this week is asparagus [5]. Asparagus is great raw, dipped in salad dressing or other yummy sauce. But, I don’t usually eat it that way. We usually steam it, or quickly saute it in a pan on the stove to eat with dinner. I don’t know if you really need a recipe for this, but I wrote it up anyway:

Simply Tasty Asparagus

Ingredients:

Asparagus (one bunch usually serves 4)
salt and pepper for taste
Parmesan cheese, grated (optional)

Directions:

  1. Gently clean asparagus and snap off the bottom woody part of the stems.
  2. Heat a couple tablespoons of olive oil in a pan on the stove.
  3. Carefully place the asparagus into the pan. (Beware: If the asparagus is wet, the hot oil will splatter.)
  4. Watch the asparagus carefully and toss it around to promote even cooking.  It should only take about 5 minutes to cook.
  5. Add a little salt and pepper. And, at the last minute sprinkle on the Parmesan. Don’t leave it in the pan too long or the Parmesan will burn.

Additional Notes:

  • For additional flavor, omit the Parmesan and drizzle a creamy sauce over the asparagus.
    • Try the Parmesan sauce in my Broiled Fish recipe [6].
    • Also good is a dill sauce: Mix together 1/2 Cup mayonnaise, 1/4 Cup mustard, 1 tsp dried dill, 1/4 tsp dried oregano, 1/4 tsp dried basil. If desired, you can use a TBSP of milk or lemon juice to thin the sauce.

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[5] Friday Foodie Fix this week is asparagus: http://thewholegang.typepad.com/blog/2009/04/friday-foodie-fix-asparagus.html

[6] Broiled Fish recipe: http://celiacfamily.com/break-from-plain-chicken/

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