Sunday, April 15, 2012

This just in: White asparagus

While many of us are caught up in this joyous time of springtime’s green asparagus, don’t forget about their tender, oft-forgotten albino kin, white asparagus. A few years ago I was in Germany in May, just in time for what they call Spargelsaison where it was all asparagus, all the time, and I never got sick of it.

With that taste memory in mind, I picked up a small bunch of white asparagus at my local grocery store this week (it was only $3; in my mind I always pegged white asparagus as being as expensive as lox), and then thinking back to a terrific side dish of butter-poached white asparagus that my family enjoyed at Nota Bene last year, I decided to make a quick batch of butter-glazed asparagus.

To make it, all you do is snap the rough ends off a 1lb bunch of cleaned white asparagus, get out a large skillet and add ¼ of water to it. Set it on high heat. When the water comes to a boil (this happens quickly), add the white asparagus and lower heat to medium. Cook for two minutes, then add 3 tbsp butter, a good pinch of sugar and a good pinch of salt. Keep the spears moving around in the pan and cook for an additional 6-8 minutes or until tender.


Unknown said...

My family lives in Germany and we were there last May. Like you I filled up on Spargel. White asparagus is amazing with Hollandaise sauce and a glass of Gruner Veltliner. If you want local white asparagus, there is a farm in Norfolk County that sells them. It's Janssen Produce and Specialties.

Amy said...

Ooh, that is the very best way to enjoy white asparagus; I had it with Hollandaise and a glass of Gruner Veltliner a couple of times while I was there. Thanks for the heads-up on Janssen. I must admit the quality of the white asparagus I tried wasn't the best. Too stringy.