How to Cook Asparagus

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    The appearance of asparagus in grocery stores and farmers markets is one of the first signs of spring.

    This tender member of the lily family is tasty, high in folic acid and antioxidants and easy to prepare. Asparagus tastes best when you prepare it shortly after purchase; however, it can be refrigerated for up to four days.

    For maximum freshness, buy asparagus that is refrigerated or standing in cold water. Wrap it in damp paper towels, and keep it in your crisper until you are ready to cook it.

    Read on to learn how to steam, roast and sauté this delicious spring vegetable.

    Prepare:

    1. Rinse the stalks under cold running water, and snap off the tough ends.

    2. Pare away blemished areas with a vegetable peeler.

    Steam:

    • 1 bunch asparagus
    • Butter
    • Salt

    1. Tie asparagus spears together with kitchen string near the bottom and under the tips.

    2. Set in 2 inches of boiling water in a tall pot.

    3. Cover and steam for 9 to 10 minutes or until asparagus is tender.

    4. Toss with ½ tablespoon of butter.

    5. Season with salt, and serve.

    Roast:

    • 1 bunch asparagus
    • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • Salt and pepper
    • Lemon juice

    1. Heat oven to 400 F.

    2. Add garlic powder and olive oil to plastic bag.

    3. Place asparagus in bag, and shake to coat.

    4. Set asparagus on baking sheet, and cook about 10 minutes, stirring once partway through.

    5. Remove from oven, and season with salt and pepper.

    6. Sprinkle with lemon juice, and serve.

    Sauté:

    • 1 bunch asparagus
    • 3 tablespoons butter
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced

    1. Over medium-high heat, melt butter in large skillet.

    2. Add asparagus and garlic.

    3. Cover skillet, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until asparagus is tender.

    Tips:
    • One pound of asparagus consists of 15 to 20 medium-size stalks.
    • It is very important not to overcook asparagus, which will continue to cook a little even after removal from boiling water.
    • Because refrigeration impairs the flavor of asparagus, serve at room temperature or warm.
    Questions:

    1. Whats your favorite way to cook asparagus?

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    Written By:  Shannon R

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