When the birds return, they bring lilting, slender stalks of asparagus. If you need an idea of what to do with spring’s bounty, we’ve got you covered. From gratin to grilling to roasting and beyond, it’s all here.
Asparagus and Asiago Gratin
Our easy and elegant solution when you buy not-quite-spring spears of asparagus from the grocery store? Just add cheese and butter and bread crumbs.
How to Grill Asparagus
Never again curse as your pricey spears of asparagus fall between the grill rack into oblivion. All you need is this simple trick.
Baked Asparagus with Parmesan and Balsamic Vinegar
These spring spears, buried beneath a behemoth of Parmesan, is making converts of even the most reticent veggie eaters.
Think a recipe for roast asparagus isn't necessary? We thought so, too...until we tried this. Lovely spears time after time. Not at all mushy. And never tough.
Easy and shatteringly crisp and light and perfect. That's what folks are saying about this delicate beer-battered asparagus tempura.
Asparagus and Arugula Salad
Simplicity itself. Blanched asparagus, fresh arugula, shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, and vinaigrette. Sorta tastes like spring.
Asparagus and Herb Salad
The essence of spring. Just asparagus, herbs, lemon vinaigrette, and a soft-boiled egg. Lovely any time of day or night.
Asparagus, Egg, and Cheese Strata
Given that its overnight rest INSISTS you make this simple strata ahead of time, it sorta screams for a lazy Sunday or Christmas morning, don't you think?
Steamed Vegetables in Parchment
A savvy, sophisticated, eat-your-veggies strategy that works its stealthy charms on kids and adults alike. You're welcome.
Burrata Cheese with Asparagus
A ridiculously rich, unthinkably creamy kin to mozzarella, burrata brings understated bling to every little thing. Prepare to swoon.
Asparagus and Pecorino Salad
The asparagus in this salad is sublimely sweet and is beautifully balanced by salty pecorino and tart zinginess of lemon.
An easy and surprisingly light riff on traditional risotto that manages to maintain all the rich, indulgent, creamy goodness of the Italian classic.
Roasted Asparagus with Bay Leaves and Crispy Capers
For this radically simple recipe, stalks of spring asparagus, bay leaves, and capers are tossed in olive oil and blasted in the oven. Gotta love it.
Asparagus and Fried Egg Panini
essentially a grown-up riff on grilled cheese that we’d happily indulge in every single day—morning, noon, night, and anytime in between.
If spring had a taste, we dare say it'd be this simple yet sophisticated tart with its cheese custard, shatteringly crisp phyllo crust, and row after row of spring spears.
Jim Lahey's Shaved Asparagus Pizza
Asparagus. Pizza crust. Brie. We ask you, what's not to love about spring?!
Roasted Asparagus with Romesco
Roasted asparagus with Romesco is one of spring and summer's greatest and easiest pleasures. Go on. See for yourself.
Seared Scallops, Asparagus and Leeks
We have precious few absolutes, yet we always, always keep things simple with sea scallops. Why shroud that supple sweetness?
When spring is in the air, or if you just wish it was, this beguiling asparagus frittata will make your heart go pitter-patter.
Grilled Asparagus, Prosciutto, and Poached Egg
Spring asparagus gets the luxe treatment with prosciutto, knee-wobblingly rich and buttery croutons, and a gently poached egg.
Salmon Fish Fingers with Asparagus and Spring Peas
Cook couscous. Press the seasoned little roly polies onto salmon fillets. Sauté until crisp yet tender. Sizzle spring veggies in butter. Accept accolades.
Asparagus with Brioche Crumbs
Perhaps the quickest, richest, savviest strategy for gussying up spring stalks that you've ever encountered.
Asparagus with Raspberry-Shallot Vinaigrette
It's nice to still be surprised. Which is exactly what happened to us when we tasted this inspired melding of earthy asparagus, sweetly tart raspberry vinegar, and sharp shallot.
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