Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Battle Asparagus

Corey’s Grilled Asparagus vs. Melany’s Asparagus Fries

May is asparagus month so Corey and I couldn’t resist the bright green lanky stalks popping up around the market. We wanted to include a recipe for this post but we could not simply agree on just one. Corey wanted an excuse to fire up the grill again this weekend and I wanted to use my new Pampered Chef baking sheets! Therefore, battle asparagus happened. Corey and I went our separate ways after the market to see who could create the best version of our fresh asparagus [spoiler alert: I win ;)]. We did play by some rules: the recipe had to be quick (we had to leave in an hour), simple (our cupboards were bare), and delicious (market shopping makes you hungry!).  Please find our recipes below and let us know who won because we are keeping score.
Both recipes involve simple prep work when cooking asparagus. First you need to wash it well, if you have some white vinegar handy you can let the asparagus soak in a bowl of water and a few splashes of vinegar to help remove any existing residue. But with the farmer’s market asparagus, we had no trouble at all. Next you need to break off the woody ends of the stalks. The tops of the asparagus are flexible and as you move downward you can feel it start to get stiff. You know you hit the spot when you can hear a crisp snap. Even though we don’t need the ends for these two recipes, they are handy in stocks so don’t be so quick to toss them out.

Corey’s Grilled Asparagus:
This is so simple; I wouldn’t even call it a recipe. All you need to do is prep the grill for high heat cooking.  In a bowl combine 1 part olive oil, 1 part balsamic vinegar with a dash of salt and pepper to make a marinade for your asparagus. The measurements are not exact because it is personal preference. You can zest it up with more vinegar or omit it all together if that’s your style. If you want to be fancy you can add in some garlic or other herbs for a more robust flavor. Now, get your hands dirty as you coat the asparagus in the marinade. You can let this sit for as long as you like or if you are impatient like me—it’s time to grill. Place the stalks evenly around the grill and rotate while they cook for about 5-10 minutes. You want them to be fork tender and have that photogenic charred look. Okay that’s it! They are ready to serve or maybe you just don't want to share.  
Melany’s Asparagus Fries:
You will need:
- 1 bunch of farmers' market asparagus
-1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 tsp salt and pepper
- 1 egg
- ½ cup all-purpose flour (I used garbanzo bean flour)
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2.  On a plate, lightly beat one egg to create an egg wash
3. Dust the asparagus with the flour, salt and pepper (not a lot will stick but that’s okay)
4. Set up your working station with an assembly line including your floured asparagus, egg wash, panko crumbs, and baking sheet
5. Take one stalk at a time as you roll it in the egg wash and then the panko crumbs. Repeat with the remaining asparagus and arrange them carefully onto the baking sheet
6. Bake for about 15 minutes till they are golden brown
7. Plate and serve


  1. I grilled asparagus last night - coated with olive oil and sprinkled with Ginger and garlic. Everyone seemed to like the results. And that was before seeing this blog. So I vote for Corey's because I like simple - though I suspect the fried version would make a good snack for an evening of movie watching.

  2. team corey!!! but i would try either one as long as you made them for me ;-)