|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 3g||4%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||9%|
|Total Carbohydrate 6g||2%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||8%|
|Total Sugars 3g|
|Vitamin C 9mg||44%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
If you've never seen white asparagus, let alone worked with it, it is rather beautiful as far as vegetables go. You can cook with it in all the ways you would with regular green asparagus, but the flavor is milder and more delicate, with a slight bitterness. This dish for German white asparagus (spargel) is easy to cook and serve.
To prep asparagus, you can either cut off the woody stems or bend them back at their natural breaking point, which is usually within an inch or so at the bottom. Sometimes when you bend them back, they snap easily and naturally.
Follow these instructions and make some German boiled potatoes (dampfkartoffeln) to go with them. Serve with melted butter and deli ham, both cooked and dried (like prosciutto). A dry white wine rounds out the meal.
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 pound white asparagus
Gather the ingredients.
Fill a pot or pan with a tight-fitting lid halfway with water and add the salt, sugar, and butter.
Cover, and bring to a low boil over high heat.
Clean the asparagus by snapping off the woody end of each spear, where it bends naturally.
Using a vegetable peeler, and starting about 1 1/2 inches from the tip of each spear, peel away the remaining tough outer layer.
Place the prepared asparagus either lying down in the pan or standing up in an asparagus basket that fits inside a tall asparagus or spaghetti cooker. Cover and reduce heat to medium to keep the water at a simmer.
Cook the asparagus 8 to 10 minutes, or until a knife inserted in 1 stalk comes out smoothly.
Remove from pan and drain. Serve immediately with ham, melted butter, and boiled new potatoes and Hollandaise sauce, if you wish.
- If using a tall asparagus pot, it can be helpful to tie the asparagus into bundles with kitchen twine for ease of transfer.
- Cooked white asparagus is a fantastic accompaniment to ham and boiled new potatoes with melted butter or Hollandaise sauce.
- Cooked asparagus is also nice with some lemon juice and grated lemon zest sprinkled on top of it after a simple steaming.
- It's also really great alongside a simple dish of broiled shrimp or scallops, or grilled chicken or pork. Ham and asparagus make for an especially German-influenced meal.
How to Store German Asparagus
Asparagus, once it's cooked, will keep in a covered container for up to three to four days. You can reheat it simply on the stovetop. It's best to avoid cooking it in the microwave because you could lose too much water.