- KNOW YOUR VEG
considered to be a delicacy, with its straight spears
and compact tip, asparagus is an attractive elegant
looking vegetable with a wonderfully subtle flavour.
Choose firm, fresh-looking stalks.
How To Use Asparagus
is usually served cooked, but can be served hot
or cold. It can be served as an accompanying vegetable
to light summer meals such as poached fish or grilled
chicken. Add cooked asparagus to rice or pasta salads,
pasta sauces, quiches or risottos. Hot asparagus
can also be served as a simple but flavoursome starter
with plenty of warm crusty bread and hollandaise
sauce, melted butter or a classic vinaigrette dressing
made from olive oil, lemon juice, freshly ground
black pepper and sea salt for dipping.
How To Prepare Asparagus
each stalk and snap or cut off the end if it is
woody or tough. Trim the stalks to roughly the same
length to ensure even cooking and tie in bunches
of 6 - 8 stems.
How To Cook Asparagus
can be boiled or steamed, for best results keep
the tips away from direct heat as they cook faster.
The cooking time will vary depending on the thickness
and freshness of the stalks. To boil, place the
bundles upright in a pan of boiling water to come
three-quarters of the way up the stalks, cook for
3 - 8 minutes or until tender. To steam, place the
bundles upright in a steamer, cook for 3 - 8 minutes
or until tender.
How To Store Asparagus
in the fridge for up to 2 days.
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