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.


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Garlic-Roasted Asparagus
1/21
Garlic-Roasted Asparagus

    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.

2/21
Lemony Asparagus & New Potatoes

    A simple dressing of olive oil, lemon zest, and thyme lets the fresh flavor of asparagus shine in this spring side dish.

3/21
Asparagus in Mustard-Dill Sauce

    For rich and tangy flavor, toss asparagus with creamy mustard-dill sauce. A dusting of Parmesan adds a salty bite.

4/21
Bacon-Asparagus Strata

    Bacon, asparagus, roasted red peppers, and Swiss cheese update this classic breakfast casserole.

5/21
Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan Curls

    Parmesan adds deep, nutty flavor to tender asparagus; sprinkle with lemon zest for freshness.

6/21
Asparagus-Leek Risotto

    Fresh herbs, lemon, and tender veggies make this creamy side dish sparkle with spring flavor.

7/21
Asparagus Dijon

    Transform boiled asparagus into something special with a rich sauce of whipping cream, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and green onions.

8/21
Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

    Steamed asparagus is wrapped in provolone cheese and prosciutto, then drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

9/21
Sesame Asparagus

    Soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, and sesame seeds put an Asian spin on chilled asparagus.

10/21
Roasted Asparagus

    Crisp-tender roasted asparagus is delicious on its own, but when sprinkled with salty Parmesan cheese, it becomes a dinner party-worthy side dish.

11/21
English Muffin & Asparagus Bake

    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.

12/21
Citrus-Roasted Asparagus

    A combination of both oranges and lemons add complexity to this garlic- and tarragon-seasoned asparagus.

13/21
Creamy Potato & Asparagus Soup

    Top this velvety soup with sauteed asparagus and crisp, honey-drizzled bacon for a warming weeknight supper.

14/21
Ham-Asparagus & Cheese Strata

    This flavorful strata can be assembled the night before. Just add the eggs when you wake up and pop it in the oven.

15/21
Asparagus-Mushroom Primavera

    Simmer asparagus and mushrooms in white wine, and then toss with linguine for a delicious, 20-minute dinner.

16/21
Prosciutto with Asparagus & New Potatoes

    This six-ingredient dish is versatile enough for brunch or as both a vegetable and starch dinner side.

17/21
Asparagus-Zucchini Frittata

    Packed full of colorful vegetables, this fresh-flavored egg dish is perfect for brunch.

18/21
Asparagus with Orange Mayonnaise

    Dress up asparagus spears with a simple yogurt-mayonnaise dressing brightened with citrus.

19/21
Asparagus Bouquet

    This quick and easy recipe has just three ingredients, making it ideal for a last-minute party appetizer.

20/21
Salmon & Asparagus

    Lemon zest and fresh parsley add brightness to both baked salmon and asparagus.

21/21
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