My first memory of asparagus is from my parents vacation house. They had a big asparagus bush, in the middle of one of the flower beds. I remember my mom, breaking of some of the small asparagus shoots just out of the ground. There would only be a few shoots every month, and my parents ate them like a snack, only washed and completely raw.
I don't remember having asparagus for dinner other than the canned version, but maybe we did.
As adult I really love asparagus, it's a really easy side to prepare, whether you grill, boil or eat them raw in a salad.
This is one of my favorite ways to cook asparagus. The cream gets infused with the taste of asparagus, and the salty/nutty parmesan completes the dish. Actually if you just add some boiled fresh pasta, you can call it dinner.
What are you looking for when you buy asparagus?
Look for spears that are nice and firm, best of all is if you can find locally grown asparagus in season. Enjoy asparagus the day you purchase them, or wrap the bases in a damp paper towel, place in a plastic bag, and refrigerate for up to a few days.
I like the thinner asparagus, but if you are going to grill them, I would go for the thicker ones, so they won’t dry out, while grilling.
The most delicate part of the asparagus is the top of the spear.
How to prepare asparagus for cooking
When you prepare your asparagus for cooking, there are 2 schools. Either you cut the ends off and/or peel them, or you snap off the ends. I like to snap the ends off.
Hold each stalk about half way down its length and at the thick end. Now bend it until it snaps. Discard the little stub, or use it for flavor in a soup or casserole.
- 1 bunch green asparagus
- butter or oil, just to cover the bottom of the skillet
- 100 ml whipping cream
- ¼-½ cup (1 dl) parmesan cheese, freshly grated
Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add asparagus and cook for about 5 minutes, turning asparagus to ensure even cooking. The asparagus will turn more vibrant green. Ad the cream, and cook it down to about half. Add the half of the parmesan, and stir until the cheese is melted. Plate the asparagus and sprinkle with the rest of the parmesan. Serve immediately.
The Danish version
Asparges med Parmesan
Til 4 personer
- 1 bundt grønne asparges
- smør eller olie, kun nok til at dække bunden af panden
- 1 dl piskefløde
- 1 dl parmesan, revet
Smelt smørret på panden og steg aspargesne i ca 5 minutter, vend den undervejs, så de ale bliver tilberedt samtidig. Aspargesne bliver mere klargrønne af opvarmningen. Tilsæt fløden, og kog den ind til ca. halvdelen. Tilsæt så halvdelen af osten. Rør rundt i "saucen" indtil osten er smeltet. Server Aspargesen med resten af osten drysset over.