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Simply Tasty Asparagus

Posted By Heather On April 24, 2009 @ 4:48 am In Recipes,What's for Dinner? | 26 Comments


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


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


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

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