Although mousselike sabayon is usually eaten sweetened, as a dessert, it can also be a savory sauce. Thin asparagus are favored for this dish because they’re fun to eat, like skinny fries.
Nettles can cause a very painful reaction if you touch them with your bare hands. You can either grab them with tongs, wear gloves, or slide a plastic bag over your hand when picking them up. Miraculously, however, once they are cooked, the sting is totally gone and what remains is a lovely green, almost spinach-y—a beautiful partner to asparagus.
In this fresh take on the classic Cobb, a little smoky char adds depth to asparagus and green onions, and the grill turns prosciutto into crisp shards. Choose large asparagus so they won’t fall through the grates.
The secret ingredient to this recipe is patience. By letting the meat brown slowly with minimal stirring, you get a crisp texture and caramelized flavor on each piece.
Recipe: Sichuan Steak and Asparagus
Any sliced vegetable can be turned into tempura, but sweet asparagus at the height of spring is hard to top. Folding fluffy egg whites into the batter gives this coating its delicate crispness.
Recipe: Asparagus Tempura
Crisp-tipped, juicy, and tender, these spears are great with lamb or fish. Opt for fat asparagus—the spears will be tender but not mushy when the tips are crisp. Lemon zest, versus juice, gives a lot of flavor without too much acidity or moisture.
Recipe: Grilled Asparagus with Lemon
Here’s a quick way to cook asparagus with flavorful results. If you’re making roast chicken, you can throw this in the oven in the last 20 minutes and have both ready at the same time.
Recipe: Roasted Asparagus
It could be breakfast or it could be lunch, but either way it’s absolutely delicious. We love it with thinly sliced prosciutto, but crisp bacon would be good, too.
If you don't have a rectangular tart pan, you can use a 9-in. round tart pan instead; don't roll out the dough (just use it straight from the package), and cut the asparagus stalks to fit.
Recipe: Asparagus and Teleme Tart
Sunflower sprouts are large, leafy, and lovely in our spring version of a traditional garden salad. A large piece of local goat cheese adds just the right amount of creaminess, so you’ll forget it’s healthy.
Recipe: Sunflower Sprouts Salad
Sweet asparagus and spring onions go so well with the woodsy flavor of morels. All you need is a bit of butter and some crème fraîche to finish the dish.