To me, asparagus is the harbinger of Spring. There is something so hopeful about seeing that first bunch in the grocery store or, better yet, seeing those first stalks peeking through the soil in your own garden. I like the thicker stalks from more mature plants because they are more tender. There is a higher ratio of "heart" and less stringy outer cellulose as the diameter increases.
This time of year, asparagus goes into everything: sauteed in an egg scramble for breakfast, fresh in salads for lunch and roasted for dinner. To keep asparagus fresh and crisp in your fridge, place the whole bunch in a glass jar or measuring cup with about an inch of water in the bottom and then cover loosely with a plastic bag. We often use only a couple spears at a time, so this method helps the bunch last over an entire week.
If your oven is not available, use your stove-top. For our Simply Sauteed Asparagus recipe, click here.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Using an 8-9 inch oven-safe skillet, heat oil over medium on the stove-top. Sauté onions and chopped asparagus pieces, followed by adding in greens, garlic and other vegetables (eg tomatoes) until desired tenderness. Keep asparagus tips separate for arranging on top if you wish.
In a separate medium-large bowl, whisk eggs, liquid, salt and pepper until foamy. Pour mixture into skillet and cook on the stove-top over medium-low heat until beginning to set on the bottom. Sprinkle with cheeses and arrange asparagus spears on top. Move skillet to the oven and bake for about 10 minutes or until eggs are set. Top with fresh herbs as desired.
Nutrition per 1/4th recipe: 200 Calories; 14g Fat; 14g Protein; 4g Carbs; 2g Fiber; 320mg Sodium
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