For the Love of Asparagus

While walking through the grocery store late last week, I noticed they had put out a fresh shipment of asparagus. I was drawn to those glorious green spears. While I have a deep Love of Asparagus, I knew I didn't have the time to make them that night and I wasn't exactly sure when I would get to them. But, they had to come home with me. Fortunately, I had read about a way to keep the asparagus fresh longer.
When you bring the asparagus home from the market, immediately trim the ends off the spears.
Place the bunch of asparagus upright in a glass with at least 1 inch of water in it.
Place a plastic bag loosely over the asparagus and refrigerate. Changing the water daily until you cook the asparagus, you can keep it in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

When I knew I had a little time before I would be cooking it, I sent out a plea to my Facebook fans to see what their favorite ways to prepare asparagus are. They did not disappoint. Some proposed broiling, some grilling and some suggested baking at a high temperature drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper and even soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. For their suggestions hop over to my Facebook page and check out the post from Friday.
So, I finally cooked the asparagus last night...are you curious how I did it? Well, first, I set the oven to 425 degrees.
After washing and trimming the ends again, I placed the spears in a pan and drizzled them with olive oil. I gave them a sprinkling of salt and pepper and then put them in the preheated oven for about 8 minutes.
I removed them and sprinkled with parmesan cheese. We were having homemade pizza for dinner, so I thought I might as well add a little more green.
After snacking on some of the spears (they were irresistible), I chopped up a few of them and sprinkled them on my veggie pizza. Oh, my yum!

You can bet the farm I'll be making more asparagus this spring, and I fully intend to try each of the suggested methods of preparation. They all sound wonderful! While we are on the subject, what's your favorite way to prepare asparagus?

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30 comments:

  1. Wow Nici! That pizza looks amazing! I hadn't heard that tip on how to keep asparagus in the refrigerator, good to know! Pleasing a house of 6 isn't easy, but the one they all agree on is roasted asparagus. Yum!

    Debbie

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  2. Great tip on keeping asparagus fresh longer - thanks for sharing!

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  3. YUM. thanks for adding me on your google circle, I am following you back!
    xo
    lynn

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  4. I roast it like you did but only using olive oil and S&P. I'm ready for spring:@)

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  5. Thanks for the tip about saving the asparagus. I had heard about that but I don't always do it. My favorite way to prepare asparagus is to wrap it in prosciutto and grill it. We have some planted in our garden, and the little tips are just now pushing through the soil.

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  6. This is one of those, why didn't I think of that moments. They usually have the asparagus in water at the store. I never thought to put it in water at home. Thanks for sharing! I love asparagus!

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  7. They look delicious. Thanks for the tip.

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  8. I roast it with olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice (or True Lemon powder) and parmesan cheese. If you cook it with the cheese in the oven, it gets carmelized and yummy!! I am going to use the trick in the glass next time we get some so that no aspargus gets wasted.

    http://novafrugalfamily.blogspot.com/2013/01/baked-asparagus.html

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  9. I will have to remember the tip for keeping them fresher longer! I LOVE sauteing them in butter(or substitute) with salt, garlic powder & also topped with LOTS of grated Parmesan! I'm sure the olive oil is better for you though. ;)

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  10. Yum! Yum! We love asparagus around here and always enjoy new ways to cook it. Thanks for sharing, Nici!

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  11. Great "tips" on how to keep asparagus fresh. Thanks!

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  12. I do this with celery to preserve or extend the life. Sometimes I forget I have it in the fridges and the celery goes limp.
    Great recipe!

    http://maryshealthymeals.blogspot.com/

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  13. Haha thanks so much! I was just thinking to myself.. "Dang..I think my asparagus is going to go bad soon, but I really don't feel like making them tonight!"

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  14. Thanks for the tip on keeping asparagus, one of my FAVES!!! I like how you prepared it oo. I usually boil it in large fry pan then add b utter and lemon juice. YUM!!! XO, Pinky

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  15. Gotta remember to take better care of my asparagus. I love it roasted too. We have some in our garden... hopefully we will have lots this year!

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  16. What wonderful tips, Nici! I haven't seen any asparagus on sale near where I am yet, but I'm looking forward to buying it when it is. My family's favorite asparagus dish is when it is sauted in a little butter with garlic and a touch of lemon juice, salt, and pepper. It sounds like parmesan would be a good addition, too! Thanks for sharing what you learned.

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  17. Looks delish! I love cooking my asparagus this way with a little parm....so yummy! I just saw some for the first time last night. You can bet Asparagus will be on the menu next week.
    Thanks so much for sharing this at the Real Family Fun link party.
    KC

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  18. Great tip! Now I can keep my asparagus longer. We bake it too with cheese.

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  19. Hi Nici...that makes so much sense to that...thank you so much for this tip...we eat a lot of asparagus at home...so good for you...will definitely be doing this...xo

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  20. Great tip! I absolutely love asparagus. This time of year feels almost like Christmas again now that the stores are starting to carry my favorite veggie again.

    If you haven't already, I'd love if you'd come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.

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  21. This is fantastic, what a great tip. I like asparagus but getting my family to eat it sometimes gets tricky! Would love for you to share this at my link party this week.
    http://www.bloominghomestead.com/2013/02/crafty-tuesday-22513.html
    -Marie

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  22. Thanks for sharing this great tip for keeping them in the fridge and also the preparation. I like them breaded and fried (so bad) or baked. Visiting from Foodie Friday. xo

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  23. that looks sooo delicious! i have a newfound love for asparagus, and i usually just cook them in the toaster oven with olive oil and a seasoning of some sort. sometimes lemon pepper, sometimes a garlic herb mix, and sometimes more of a cajun flavoring. parm cheese is also super delicious. i can't wait til they go on sale!

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  24. Thanks for tips on asparagus. Some good ideas and I love the looks of the pizza.
    We're having a party at Tumbleweed Contessa tomorrow - Saturday Dishes along with Paula (Call Me PMC) and Savanna (Hammock Tracks). Hope you can bring these over. The theme is green food. www.tumbleweedcontessa.com/blog

    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Linda (The Contessa)

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  25. Hi Nici,
    This is a great post, so much really good information about one of my favorite vegetables. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  26. Love Love Love roasted asparagus, never thought of putting it on pizza however! Def going to try that! Thanks!
    Jenna

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  27. great tip. thanks for sharing.

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  28. Hi Nici, back again. finding your tip so useful. posted about it on my blog today
    and linked to your post for the recipe. thanks again. have a great day !

    http://myniche-myspace.blogspot.com/2013/04/sealing-freshness.html

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