Simple is best when it comes to preparing this seasonal staple. These two recipes show off the king of spring vegetables in creative, yet familiar techniques, namely blanching.
This soup shines a spotlight on the slender vegetable that’s rich, luscious, heavenly, and appetizing all in one. Make the most of each spear by blanching the tips to garnish the soup. Then simmer and purée the stalks to create a flavorful base.
And, the unofficial partner to asparagus is hollandaise. In keeping with tradition, this classic French mousseline sauce is simply hollandaise with whipped cream — it truly is ethereal. Drizzle it atop perfectly blanched asparagus, finish with a touch of crunch, and this side dish is spectacular.