Friday, April 17, 2009

White Asparagus 3 Ways

Just the other day my husband and I walked into our local Fred Meyer, the first thing I saw just inside the produce department was asparagus, but this was not your ordinary green variety. What caught our eye was white asparagus. Neither of us had ever seen anything like it before, I can honestly say I do not like the green asparagus but this white version looked a little different. We purchased one bundle and on the way home we tried to figure out just what we were going to do with it. I had so many ideas that I couldn't pick just one, so instead we did this white asparagus 3 different ways.




1 Bundle White Asparagus (about 30 stalks, trimmed)


Recipe 1: Roasted

10 Stalks - White Asparagus
½ Tsp. - Kosher Salt
1 Tbs. - Chopped Garlic
EVOO

On a baking sheet lined with foil lay out the asparagus. Drizzle with EVOO then toss gently with the garlic and kosher salt. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 13-15 minutes. Serve hot.






Recipe 2 : Deep Fried

10 Stalks - White Asparagus
¼ C. - Flour
¼ C. - Panko Crumbs
1 - Egg
Salt & Pepper

Dip the asparagus in the egg to coat, season the flour with salt & pepper and dredge the asparagus in the seasoned flour. Remove from the flour and coat in the egg again, let the excess egg drip off then coat in the Panko crumbs. Deep fry at 350 degrees for about 1 minute, turning while they cook, serve with your favorite dipping sauce.





Recipe 3 : Sauté

1 Tbs. - Chopped Garlic
½ Tsp. - Kosher Salt
2 Tbs. - Butter
½ Tsp. - Pepper

Cut each stalk into 3 pieces; melt the butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the garlic, asparagus, salt & pepper. Sauté over medium heat for about 10-15 minutes or until tender.



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13 comments:

Donna-FFW said...

Mary Beth- That deep fried asparagus looks absolutely wonderful.Have you used the same coating on zucchini or anything else? I see white asparagus once in a while but not used it, similar taste to the green?

teresa said...

Oh how I love asparagus, but I've never had the white kind. I would try any one of these different kinds, in fact, just load me up a plate of asparagus for dinner!

Cheryl said...

I just can't get past the color, or lack of color :), but as you know I will eat anything deep fried!

Melissa said...

I think the deep fried is my favorite. I have never heard of white asparagus before. :)

Debbie said...

I have seen white asaparagus a few times but not often. It looks like it would be really good deep fried!

5 Star Foodie said...

I love all three preparations - white asparagus is my favorite! Very creative!

Kevin said...

I like the sound of deep frying asparagus.

MaryBeth said...

Donna, I have not used Panko crumbs om any other veggie before. I will be later in this week, so it you are interested in what I am doing with this coating check back on Wednesday!!

Jennifer said...

ive never had deep fried asparagus!! Im sure its great, we deep fry snap beans here!

Grace said...

so...sauteed white asparagus looks like french fries--good to know. :) great options, marybeth--like most everyone else, i'm partial to the deep-fried. :)

Sonya said...

I had never seen white asparagus until I moved to the netherlands..thats basically all they have here. Same with sweet potatoes..they are white!

Julia said...

Great recipes! We were most likely the supplier of this asparagus. Could we add your recipes to our homepage? www.gourmettrading.net

Thanks,
Julia

opinionated alchemist said...

I would say, that white asparagus is taste more unique - more asparagus-sy.
Though it can be fibrousness and needs to be peeled very thoroughly!
I would rather deep-fry or roast green asparagus - white is better sauteed or just cooked in salt water.

And well- if you are surprised that there is white one, what would you say about purple asparagus???

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