Tonight I debunked my own assumption that asparagus was a bit too expensive for this site. My friends, if you haven’t branched out to cook fresh asparagus, you must! My love for it has been rekindled. And please, for the love of vegetables, do NOT buy canned asparagus even if you’re desperate. What a disgrace. I was also lucky enough to find it on sale- usually $3.99/lb. but I found it for $1.50/lb., so only $1.74 for a huge bunch of it. Holla!
So here’s your asparagus. Introduce yourselves. I cut enough for one very large serving, or two smaller servings.
The way I like to cook them is by cutting them down the middle, then in half. They cook quicker and don’t get mushy.
Boil a few cups of water and throw the asparagus in to blanch them. They only need to be blanched for about 30-45 seconds, don’t, don’t, don’t overcook them!
Drain and set aside.
In a heated greased pan, add a little bit of fresh garlic and finely chopped onion if you have some. (I personally used a little bit of butter in this, but olive oil is the healthier alternative of course).
Immediately throw in the asparagus. Add a pinch of salt. Cook for only a few minutes on medium-high heat until you start to see color in the asparagus, or until the garlic becomes browned.
And if you’re feeling extra snazzy, add a tiny bit of freshly grated pecorino, asiago or parmesan cheese.
YOU GUYS! This was soooo good. You must try it.
1.15 pounds asparagus (about 8 servings) – $1.74
1 serving asparagus: $.21