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Friday, May 25, 2007

Asparagus- Beware Of The "Free" Variety.....

A friend gave me what looked to be a huge bag of asparagus. He asked me to do something with it other than clean, boil, and bag it, as in- what else can be done? I told him, no problem (as we all know by now, I KNOW EVERYTHING!). Yeah, right! When opened, the bag revealed a mix of undersize/avg, young/old, pretty much wild asparagus. Great. Now that I've shot my big mouth off, what to do with a bag of glorified weeds? First separated the decent sized, from the small. Next, separated the rubbery/too dark green/from the reasonably OK stuff. I then took the good sized, trimmed it,steamed it shortly, laid a strip of Pepper Jack cheese along it, and wrapped it in a good quality ham sliced thinly. Reheated in a Micro until cheese melts, will make a nice appetizer. Next I took the small stuff, steamed until dead, blended(on Puree) with chix broth,cream O chix soup, nutmeg,Mrs Dash, garlic(while I was sauteing chopped onions,and celery) . Took the whole works up to simmer, then added cream cheese, milk, and a decent German sausage(pieces). When melded together-it wasn't bad!
I'm so proud I can take free asparagus, add 15 bucks and 4 hrs labor to it , give it back to a friend -just to preserve the legend of Buffalo Dick!

11 comments:

Finn said...

Ever try roasting it or grilling it? A little garlic, a little oil... yum.

buffalodickdy said...

The short answer is-yes! This was stuff that was not to be delivered in a short(sitting at the table!) time table!

Lynda said...

It sounds good. I only get asparagus at my parents house, because my husband doesn't like it.

Jen said...

Sounds delicious!!!! And so creative, good job!

snowelf said...

Gotta give ya props!! :) Uncle Buff + official saver of dinner!

--snow

doggybloggy said...

well you did it...buffalo style...certainly some specific ingredients...did you keep any?

MONA said...

My my! so much work! It really 'deserved' to be good tasting after that! LOL

buffalodickdy said...

Lynda- When I was a kid, the first time we had asparagus I looked at it and asked "what does it taste like?" My dad answered without looking up from his plate "Like grass". He was not a fan of it either!
Jen- I knew the wrap was going to be good, but I really had to dial in on the soup before I was okay with it.
SnowNiece-I wasn't saving dinner, I was saving my reputation!
DogB- As often happens when I cook for others, when I'm done I don't want any!
Mona- When I gave it to the people, they didn't even heat it up and ate it! The best laid plans of mice and men.....

DutchBitch said...

Wow! You are amazing.

I hope your FIRST PRIZE at my contest will give you much cooking joy as well!!!

Gnightgirl said...

Read this post on the tail-end of the day when all I had the energy to do for dinner was throw rice & water into a rice cooker, add "Smart balance" butter, and salt. Tsk.

I wanna dinner do over.

pinknest said...

everyone's on the asparagus kick lately it seems! wrapping it in cheese and ham...mmmm. good work my friend.