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Balsamic Asparagus and Parmesan Appetizer

Make your own asparagus appetizer recipes for any occasion, such as the tasty recipe we present here which offers the flavors of parmesan and balsamic vinegar as well as the crunchy asparagus itself. Simple marinades and spices can make for the best asparagus appetizer recipes and there are certainly a lot to experiment with, but this recipe is one of the best ones, and suitable for all kinds of occasions, or simply to make a quick snack.

Grilling asparagus indoors or outdoors is recommended, especially if you can char-grill it, to give it that lovely smoky taste. Asparagus is a light and healthy ingredient which can make tasty appetizers which are not too filling to spoil your appetite for the main dish. There are lots of ways to use asparagus. You can have such recipes in less than 10 minutes when you grill asparagus tips, or you might like to steam, pan-fry, roast, or even microwave the asparagus, depending on the recipe.

It can be turned into soup, used in salad, or even combined with ingredients like ham and cheese to make a pastry filling for example. Asparagus is healthy and great for vegetarians. Asparagus appetizer recipes make great Christmas party snacks because they are green and add a festive color to the table. Try making something with asparagus and taste a healthy difference in the way you eat dinner. Dinner parties and holiday gatherings are the perfect place to serve these dishes, so next time you are in the mood for asparagus, try making a simple marinade. Grilling asparagus tips with a nice dipping sauce are always good, or try the following recipe which pairs oven-roasted asparagus with parmesan cheese as well as balsamic vinegar which adds a sweet flavor to the finished dish. Served warm, this appetizer is sure to whet everyone’s appetite. Continue reading

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Appetizer Recipe

Asparagus appetizer recipes are perfect for social gatherings and dinner parties. A Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Appetizer Recipe is the perfect low carb appetizer that your guests are sure to fall in love with.

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

If you like bacon and delicious asparagus you’ll love this wonderful appetizer. Simply perfect slightly salty crunchy bacon wrapped around tender cooked asparagus. What could be more taste perfect than this?

It’s the perfect party appetizer for Saint Paddy’s day or any party.

So easy to prepare it will fast become a party favorite. The combined slightly salty bacon and delicate asparagus, gives good reason to enjoy that cold Irish beer too. Be sure to make a large serving platter of these tasty morsels so guests can truly enjoy the flavors. Continue reading

Grilled Asparagus and Spiced Pear Salad with Goat’s Cheese

It is best to get firm stalks of asparagus with purplish or deep green tips for making this asparagus salad recipe. Look at the bottom of the spears too. Dried-out bottoms mean the asparagus has been sitting around for a long time. If the spears are less than six inches long they have probably already been trimmed for you. If not, you can either snap or cut off the woody end yourself.

The asparagus should brown in spots on the grill but it should not char. Browning indicates that the natural sugars are caramelizing. Dripping oil from the asparagus might cause flare-ups so it is a good idea to keep a spray bottle of water handy so you can spray the coals if need be.

Combining these ingredients results in a wonderfully elegant asparagus salad recipe. You can omit the goat’s cheese from the recipe if you prefer not to use it but it does go well. Serve the asparagus and pears hot from the grill or let them cool for a few minutes and serve them warm. You could even let them cool fully but the flavor and aroma of this dish is far better if they are at least warm. For sweeter pears, you can sprinkle white sugar over them before grilling, or choose a sweet white wine to sprinkle over them rather than a dry one. Continue reading

Asparagus and Tiger Prawn Appetizer with a Pink Dipping Sauce

This simple recipe can be made using just one pot if you have one large enough to accommodate the asparagus spears. If you do not have a tall, wide pot, you can boil the prawns in one pot and use a deep skillet for the asparagus. Let both the prawns and asparagus cool before assembling the appetizer. Because the ingredients are cool, you can make this tasty asparagus appetizer recipe in advance if you want to. Simply refrigerate the cooked tiger prawns and asparagus until you are ready to serve the appetizers, then you will find you can assemble the appetizers in just a minute or two. Keep the plates in the refrigerator too so they are nicely chilled.

The sauce is very simple to prepare and it is just a combination of mayonnaise and ketchup with a pinch of garlic powder and cayenne pepper to add depth and a touch of spice. You can omit the cayenne pepper if you like or add a couple of drops of whisky instead, to make a classic seafood dipping sauce. This is optional but it is flavorful. Do not add more than a couple of drops of whisky if you are going to use it, else the whisky flavor will be too strong. Use the cayenne pepper or the whisky; you will not need both.

Tiger prawns, which are also known as tiger shrimps, are easy to work with. Since they are flash frozen, you might as well buy a package of frozen tiger prawns. The ones you buy at the fish market are more expensive (and they have been thawed) so it is better to buy the cheaper ones and thaw your own. Thaw them overnight in the refrigerator or at room temperature for a couple of hours. You can peel them easily and remove the black vein (this is the intestine and it goes right along the back of the prawn) before cooking. Most home cooks leave the tails on for a classy look. Continue reading

Simple Asparagus and Cherry Tomato Appetizer

If you are looking for healthy appetizer ideas, the following easy asparagus recipe should give you food for thought. Combining the nutrition of asparagus and tomatoes with the flavor of green pesto and a bit of greenery, this simple appetizer is a breeze to make. You can choose your own salad leaves and fresh herbs for this; pretty much anything will go. Try parsley, dill weed, cilantro, or even basil for the herbs. You can buy a package of mixed salad leaves and use some of those if you want some different kinds of leaves. Do not use dried herbs in this recipe; they will not look or taste anywhere near as good as fresh ones.

The asparagus in this appetizer recipe is sliced thinly lengthwise. This really cuts down the cooking time and it means you can serve four (or six) strips on one plate, rather than one long stalk. It just looks better. Leave the tips intact because they already have a shorter cooking time than the stalks. If the spears are thinly sliced and the tips are left whole, the whole thing will have the same cooking time. Pierce the stalk after a few minutes to see if the asparagus is cooked. If it is, you can assume the tips are also tender.

Do you have to peel asparagus is a question a lot of people ask and the answer is that it depends. If you are using really fat spears, you might want to peel them. If you are using thin or medium ones, it is not necessary. White asparagus should always be peeled because it has a bitter skin and you can use a vegetable peeler to do this. Green asparagus is usually the best one to use. It is certainly the most colorful choice for this asparagus salad recipe anyway. Continue reading