Basilmomma has great ideas for Asparagus
Spring has sprung and popping up out of the ground is Heather Tallman’s (aka Basilmomma) spring favorite: Asparagus. Forget the nights at the dinner table as a child loathing this vegetable, think outside of the freezer bag- and can! A simple sauté, a fresh salad OR wrapped in bacon is the way to go. Choose asparagus that has a tight top and is not flexible.
Right now you are going to find Asparagus everyone in a variety of colors.”
Most common in America is the Green Asparagus available in a ranges from pencil-thin to very thick. But other varieties are our there. Try the giant White, which is preferred in Europe. These have been deprived of sunlight and generally have a milder, more delicate flavor. Or go bold with the Purple spears, more common to England and Italy. These have very thick stalks.
Fresh Shaved Asparagus Salad
2 lbs trimmed fresh asparagus
3/4 C grated Parmesan cheese
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp of lemon zest
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 C extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt/fresh black pepper
Using a vegetable peeler shave the asparagus in thin ribbons from top to bottom.
In a serving bowl whisk together the remaining ingredients.
Toss with asparagus.
Cheesy Bacon Asparagus Pastries
You can find this recipe is available on her website at http://basilmomma.com/2015/04/cheesy-bacon-asparagus-pastries.html/
For more information about Heather, check out her website at basilmomma.com