March 2011 Flavor of the Month: Asparagus
Every season has a flavor all its own, and this month is all about asparagus. After steaming, roasting, or grilling, crisp-tender asparagus needs just the purest ingredients--a drizzle of olive oil, squirt of lemon, or sprinkle of cheese--to make it shine. Here are 20 of our best asparagus recipes for you to try.
Lemony Asparagus & New Potatoes
Side dishes don't get any easier than this. Simply toss asparagus with sliced garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast until tender and nutty.
Asparagus in Mustard-Dill Sauce
A simple dressing of olive oil, lemon zest, and thyme lets the fresh flavor of asparagus shine in this spring side dish.
Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan Curls
For rich and tangy flavor, toss asparagus with creamy mustard-dill sauce. A dusting of Parmesan adds a salty bite.
Parmesan adds deep, nutty flavor to tender asparagus; sprinkle with lemon zest for freshness.
Fresh herbs, lemon, and tender veggies make this creamy side dish sparkle with spring flavor.
English Muffin & Asparagus Bake
Crisp-tender roasted asparagus is delicious on its own, but when sprinkled with salty Parmesan cheese, it becomes a dinner party-worthy side dish.
Great for a meatless dinner, or special (and easy) enough for brunch, this dish is a cross between a frittata and a strata. English muffins are baked right in with the eggs.
Creamy Potato & Asparagus Soup
A combination of both oranges and lemons add complexity to this garlic- and tarragon-seasoned asparagus.
Ham-Asparagus & Cheese Strata
Top this velvety soup with sauteed asparagus and crisp, honey-drizzled bacon for a warming weeknight supper.
Prosciutto with Asparagus & New Potatoes
This flavorful strata can be assembled the night before. Just add the eggs when you wake up and pop it in the oven.
This six-ingredient dish is versatile enough for brunch or as both a vegetable and starch dinner side.
Asparagus with Orange Mayonnaise
Packed full of colorful vegetables, this fresh-flavored egg dish is perfect for brunch.
Dress up asparagus spears with a simple yogurt-mayonnaise dressing brightened with citrus.
Salmon & Asparagus
This quick and easy recipe has just three ingredients, making it ideal for a last-minute party appetizer.
Lemon zest and fresh parsley add brightness to both baked salmon and asparagus.