Bring Asaparagus to Ecstatic Heights

Asparagus that's simply steamed, roasted, or grilled is a perennial fave, but when you want to add a bit more to your asparagus experience, try these dishes Chowhounds love.

Add a salty, savory kick to grilled or roasted asparagus by wrapping it in prosciutto first. Breadcrumbs adds olive oil and lemon zest before cooking, and serves the spears topped with poached eggs and grated Parmesan. Mario Batali's recommended twist is pancetta-wrapped asparagus with citronette.

LindaWhit makes chicken parmigiana with a roasted red pepper sauce; when the chicken's mostly baked, she tops it with blanched asparagus and provolone and returns it to the oven to finish. TomMeg1970 makes asparagus pesto: Steam asparagus, then remove the tips and shock them in ice water to arrest cooking. Blend the stalks with roasted garlic, Parmesan, olive oil, toasted nuts, lemon or lime zest, parsley, and salt and pepper. Toss with pasta and garnish with reserved spears.

"I'm a huge fan of shaved asparagus salad," says piccola, who slivers raw asparagus with a vegetable peeler and dresses it with a light vinaigrette and a bit of Parmesan or toasted nuts. corneygirl loves this cold asparagus salad with sesame seeds from Joy of Cooking, but steams the asparagus instead of boiling.

This pickled chipotle asparagus is "to die for," raves MsMaryMc. "The only thing I change when I make this recipe is to cut down on the carrots--they're tasty, but I want more room in the jar for those asparagus!" mscoffee1 is a big fan of these asparagus and prosciutto crostini with fonduta.

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