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
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.

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.

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.

Bacon-Asparagus Strata

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

Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan Curls

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

Asparagus-Leek Risotto

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

Asparagus Dijon

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

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

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

Sesame Asparagus

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

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.

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.

Citrus-Roasted Asparagus

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

Creamy Potato & Asparagus Soup

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

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.

Asparagus-Mushroom Primavera

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

Prosciutto with Asparagus & New Potatoes

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

Asparagus-Zucchini Frittata

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

Asparagus with Orange Mayonnaise

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

Asparagus Bouquet

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

Salmon & Asparagus

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

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