There is a light at the end of the Winter tunnel! Spring is just around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited. Never mind that there are snowflake flurries whirling just outside my window as I write this, I am still dreaming of blossoms, and sunshine, and Spring produce finally making its appearance.
As one of the first fresh Spring vegetables to make its appearance in the farmer’s market, asparagus is also one of my favorite Spring produce items. It’s a burst of much anticipated green after the long winter.
Asparagus is delicious even at its simplest, lightly steamed, grilled, or sauteed, and eaten plain. Yet it is also a versatile vegetable that adds a lot of nutrition and flavor to soups, tarts, pizzas, and more! You can even can it to enjoy long after spring ends.
Here’s a round-up of some of our favorite Simple Bites recipes for Asparagus. Also, check out this post for tips on selecting the best asparagus and instructions for how to trim it.
Asparagus Recipe Round-Up (from the archives)
One Pan Crispy Bacon and Roasted Asparagus with Baked Eggs
Not only is this fast and filling breakfast/brunch dish a really good way to use your fresh asparagus, it also means that you get to eat bacon and eggs with only a single pan to clean up afterwards. Get a delicious breakfast on the table in just minutes and clean it all up in just minutes too? Yes, we have a recipe winner here!
Get the recipe: One Pan Crispy Bacon and Roasted Asparagus with Baked Eggs
Asparagus Goat Cheese Galette
Paired with three savory cheeses and a flaky crust, this simple free form tart is one of the most delicious ways to enjoy asparagus. Much easier than pie, but no less tasty.
Get the recipe: Asparagus Goat Cheese Galette
Spicy Pickled Asparagus
Even if you are brand new to canning, pickling asparagus is a simple kitchen trick that will leave you with a yummy snack long after the spring produce season ends. These Spicy Pickled Asparagus spears pack a little kick that makes them irresistible.
Get the recipe: Spicy Pickled Asparagus
Cream of Asparagus Soup
This warm, creamy soup is the perfect solution to those colder, blustery spring days that inevitably roll through this time of year. Serve it with some fresh Parmesan and you’ll be surprised just how flavorful and warming asparagus can be.
Get the recipe: Cream of Asparagus Soup
Welsh Rarebit with Grilled Asparagus and Mushrooms
Welsh Rarebit is really just a deliciously simplified version of cheese fondue over toast. Paired with spring’s fresh asparagus, this makes a balanced meatless dish that even the kids will love.
Get the recipe: Welsh Rarebit with Grilled Asparagus and Mushrooms
Asparagus and Cherry Tomato Pizza
I’m convinced that there is hardly anything you can’t put on a pizza and asparagus is no exception. Asparagus paired with cheese, tomatoes, and a crispy crust makes a winning spring pizza combination for the whole family.
Get the recipe: Asparagus and Cherry Tomato Pizza
Asparagus with Mustard Vinaigrette and Capers
Tangy mustard, salty capers and a sprinkling of parsley pair perfectly together to liven up an otherwise dull plate of asparagus. Both vinaigrette and cooked asparagus can be made up to a day in advance, which makes this an excellent side dish for your spring entertaining and Sunday dinners.
Get the recipe: Asparagus with Mustard Vinaigrette and Capers
HERE ARE A FEW MORE IDEAS:
- Chicken Asparagus Wraps with Basil Cream Sauce :: Some the Wiser
- Roasted Asparagus and Spinach Quinoa Salad :: Food for My Family
- Grilled Asparagus and Red Onion Pizza :: Good Life Eats
- Mustard Asparagus Batons :: Family Bites
What are your most anticipated Spring produce items?