Saturday, March 3, 2012

Asparagus with Blue Cheese Sauce

Asparagus + Blue Cheese = YUM. 

Seriously, though.   We really love grilled or roasted asparagus, and when a friend introduced us to this simple and tasty blue cheese sauce to top it off, we were in love!  We're approaching prime asparagus season, and we will start to see some beautiful bunches for good prices in stores.

When I'm at shopping for asparagus, I always pick up the bunch and look at the bottom - if it's gross and slimy, it means it's been sitting in the dirty water at the store for a bit.  If it's dry and woody, it's probably been there for a bit, and it wasn't kept in water.  You can also tell if it feels kind of wimpy and limp - you want crisp and "snappy".  I like to take it home and use it right away, or store it upright in a tall container with a little water in the fridge. 
Asparagus with Blue Cheese Sauce
1 lb. asparagus
2 tsp. red wine vinegar
1-1/2 tsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. fresh chives, minced
4 tbsp. blue cheese, crumbled
white pepper to taste

To make the sauce, stir together vinegar and oil in a small bowl.  Add blue cheese and chives and mix well. Set aside.  Snap ends off asparagus spears. Mist with olive oil, and grill until tender.  (Can also roast in the oven - see photo below.)  Arrange asparagus on a serving plate.  Spoon blue cheese sauce over the grilled asparagus, and serve.

1 comment:

  1. Great post. I love asparagus. I did a bacon and asparagus salad recently.