'Asparagus Week' on Serious Eats

The Food Lab's Asparagus Week, Day 5: Grilled Asparagus, Zucchini, and Bread Salad with Olive-Caper Dressing

I love a good classic panzanella—stale bread tossed with fresh ripe tomatoes, olive oil, and perhaps some basil and vinegar. That is, I love it during tomato season when I have access to completely fresh-off-the-vine, summer-ripe tomatoes. Any other time of the year, panzanella can go over to the corner and suck it. There are, thankfully, other things available this time of year that can be used to riff on the same concept. Asparagus comes to mind. More

The Food Lab's Asparagus Week, Day 4: Lemony Fettucine with Asparagus and Bacon

This is an ultra-quick recipe that's roughly based off of pasta cacio e pepe—the Roman dish of pasta tossed with Pecorino Romano and lots of black pepper. It's a late night, quick fill'er up specialty popular amongst the tight-jeaned Euro club crowd and the old folks alike. A cheaper, quicker, and easier version of the already super cheap, quick, and easy carbonara, if you will. More

The Food Lab's Asparagus Week, Day 3: Asparagus and Spring Vegetable Risotto

I've already gone deep into the science of risotto in the past, so there's no real need to re-tread in already-been-treaded-in waters. What we're here to talk about today is vegetables, in particular, asparagus and morel mushrooms. The two are partners in crime that could give Pinky and The Brain a run for their money in terms of sheer awesomeness, and now's the time of year to get 'em. More

The Food Lab's Asparagus Week, Day 2: Grilled Asparagus Tacos with Creamy Adobo and Pickled Red Onions

Meaty tacos are great, but who doesn't love charred sweet asparagus in the springtime? I like to cook mine in olive oil until nearly blackened in spots so that you get a nice contrast between the natural sweetness of the 'gus and the smoky, browned complexity of the charred spots. If you've got a real grill burning charcoal, all the better. More

The Food Lab's Asparagus Week, Day 1: Asparagus and Ramp Soup with Yogurt

Now's the time of year that asparagus is at its absolute sweet and tender best around here, so I've decided to make a whole week out of it. Welcome to Asparagus Week! Each day this week you'll find a new asparagus recipe here that'll hopefully demonstrate the crazy versatility of spring's finest produce. The key to truly fantastic asparagus soup is the same as the key to truly fantastic grilled asparagus or braised asparagus or blanched asparagus or sauteed asparagus: start with truly fantastic asparagus. More

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