Asparagus is a great source of nutrition and can be cooked in a variety of ways, from steamed to boiled and even fried and is quite tasty when paired with herbs such as basil, thyme, turmeric. The vegetable goes well with a variety of dishes.
Before preparing your fresh asparagus for cooking, always wash them first to get the dirt and other debris out of its crevices. Also, when it comes to chopping up your asparagus, sometimes, the bottom end can be too woody for your taste. For this reason, it's best to cut this end, as it takes longer to cook and isn't as tasty as the tip. Whichever way you prefer, here are some suggestions of ways you can cultivate an asparagus-loving palette if you haven't already or if you'd like suggestions on other means to cook them.
Steaming vegetables is one of the best means to retain the nutritional value of the food. It also helps to preserve a fruit or vegetable's color, texture, and flavor, all things which can become compromised when cooked any other way. Steamed asparagus is no exception, as it not only softens the vegetable but also helps to enhance its flavor. With added herbs and spices, such as salt, pepper and perhaps a pinch of allspice, you can take your asparagus to the next level. Additionally, if you do not have a steamer, a metallic colander will do. Here's a quick steamed asparagus recipe:
Roasting is a way of cooking that entails heating food inside of an oven or over an open fire. Although this method is used today, it is also probably one of the oldest ways of cooking. Asparagus is a great candidate for roasting if you are a bit sensitive to its sometimes bitter flavor which softens while baking in the oven. Roasting also enables you to go about your other business in the kitchen as it prepares itself without you having to constantly stir or turn it over. Whether it's crispy ends that you prefer or if you like slightly browned edges, roasting is the perfect method to give a bit of edge to this viridescent produce.
Boiling vegetables not only help to soften asparagus but is an easy method for cooking the vegetable in a manner that helps maintain its nutrients and add a bit of hydration to your food. Although this method may not seem as exciting as others, it is an effective means to maintain asparagus' green color, which is done by blanching. Blanching is the act of immediately placing food into a tub of ice water to halt the cooking process so that you maintain its nutritional value, color, texture, and flavor. Thick asparagus works best for this method, as it will hold up better to the softening process, without becoming too soft or soggy.
Grilling involves utilizing dry heat to apply to the surface of a food that can be cooked in a barbeque pit or atop a grilling pan. Though this form of cooking is typically associated with meat, it also gives vegetables a smoky, hint of a barbequed flavor, which means that you won't have to utilize marinades, sauces, butter, or oils to maintain the flavor. Additionally, grilling also helps maintain the nutritional value of vegetables which helps break down fiber so your body can better absorb the nutrients.
Sautéeing enables you to utilize a small amount of oil with a food then applying high heat and according to some studies, may even help boost the nutritional benefits of vegetables. Sautéeing is highly beneficial as the oil that is used during this process helps to lock in the nutrients. It is quick and easy and you look like a cooking pro while doing it.
Believe it or not, asparagus can be eaten raw. Although asparagus as a viable amount of vitamins and minerals, like many vegetables, it is best for you raw. With the help of other flavorful ingredients, raw asparagus can be your regular go-to food to pair with a variety of other meals, as a side dish, or eaten alone.
Asparagus is a delicious vegetable that has quite the unique taste. However, not everyone has the same palate. Try incorporating these cooking methods into your kitchen to shake up your skills and your taste buds.