A recent tweet from an asparagus lover wanting suggestions for an asparagus side dish set me thinking. We regularly eat steamed asparagus with butter as a side dish but what other asparagus dishes are particularly good as a side dish and what does asparagus go with particularly well?
Because asparagus has quite a distinctive flavour I think it works well with both light flavours and some stronger flavours as its flavour is not swamped by the stronger flavoured dishes but has enough of its own impact to lift a more subtle main without overwhelming it.
As such we enjoy asparagus with
The list goes on and on but hopefully this will give you some inspiration.
A word of warning: I think it’s best to avoid letting fresh asparagus get drenched in gravy, eat it as a side with the casseroles or roast dinners to make the most of both the main and the asparagus.
Starting with the basics, the most obvious asparagus side dish is steamed asparagus with butter and a little seasoning. The simplicity of this dish makes it the first on my list for an easy but delicious side any day.
Next up would be roasted, grilled or sauteed asparagus. Again these two are easy, tasty and elegant. There are quite a few variations to the roasted and grilled and sauteed themes, adding various flavourings and mixing them with other vegetables for added colour and variety. Recipes to check out would include:
Out of fresh asparagus season you might try this
For a really colourful asparagus side dish try this Sweet Pepper and Asparagus Bake:
A great way to combine two healthy foods with a lovely contrast of colors to add to the appeal.
If you wish, sliced garlic cloves can be added as a variation
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Basics of how to cook fresh asparagusstart by looking at How to Cook Asparagus first for some background information on a range of cooking methods.
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