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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Stir-Fried Asparagus with Pork




From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Except for an occasional stray bunch, our local asparagus crop is finished for the year. I hate to see the season end because I love the myriad ways in which asparagus can be used. The recipe I'm featuring today is a personal favorite. It is a quick and simple stir-fry that ticks all the boxes that I think are important. It has flavor, texture, and even offers a bit of heat. It was a perfect way to finish off my last pound of asparagus. The crop here gets thinner in size as the season progresses and my last bunch was quite thin. There was no doubt in my mind how it would be used. How can you not like a dish that is fast, easy and delicious? I hope you'll give this light entree some consideration. I promise you won't be disappointed. Here's how it is made. Enjoy.

Stir-Fried Asparagus with Pork...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of The New York Time

Ingredients:

1 pound pencil-thin asparagus
2 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil
3 or 4 dried red chilies, optional
1/4 pound ground pork
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 cup scallions
1/2 cup chicken stock or water
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons dark sesame oil, optional
Cooked white rice for serving (optional).

Directions:
1) Break bottom inch or so off of each asparagus spear; cut stalks into inch-long pieces.
2) Heat a large skillet over high heat for about 2 minutes. Immediately add half of peanut oil, chilies if you're using them and pork, crumbling it with your fingers. Cook, stirring only occasionally, until pork browns, about 2 minutes. Remove pork to a bowl, discard chilies and lower heat slightly.
3) Add remaining oil and asparagus to skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until asparagus turns bright green and begins to become tender, 3 or 4 minutes. Add garlic and scallions and cook, stirring once or twice, for 30 seconds.
4) Add stock or water and soy sauce; stir and cook for 15 seconds. Stir in pork, add sesame oil if you like and stir once more. Serve with white rice, if desired. Yield: 4 servings.







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19 comments:

Jane said...

Delicious! I love the ground pork in this stir fry, instead of chunks. I will have to try it! Have a great weekend!

Coleens Recipes said...

What a GREAT sounding recipe, and I love those chop sticks.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I love stir-fries, I am not sure why we do not have them more often! This sounds very yummy. Keep well Diane

Sutapa said...

Looks very delicious ...love it!
Have a wonderful weekend Mary!:)

Velva said...

I wish I could say hello to asparagus in my garden.
Great dish!

Velva

Rosemary said...

Ah, asparagus! Or as my husband calls them, "Those green pencil-like things." He loves them too, fortunately. I love this simple dish -- all your asparagus dishes!

anne said...

Simple , easy and very appetizing dish ! I stir fry asparagus the same way but usually use thinly sliced beef and added some chopped onions and bell pepper :D

Ellen B Cookery said...

Asparagus is still in season here in Toronto, which means I'll be making this yummy dish very soon. Thanks for sharing! What a lovely way (recipe) to end your asparagus season.

Nash Nordin said...

I always have problems with asparagus. I'm not sure how to cook them. But, this will be a good idea. I'd like to try them later :)

Dining Alone said...

Well this is a good way to end your asparagus season for sure, it looks delicious. Have a wonderful weekend.

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

Thanks for a lovely recipe - quick to make and full of flavor. There's still plently of asparagus around here so I'm looking forward to tasting this!
Mary x

Jeanne said...

Thanks Mary sounds fabulous.
Yes Canada Day is like a big birthday celebration for our country
shared with those you love.

Bonne Fete Canada =145 years of age.
Happy Birthday Canada

Much love and peace and many blessings
Love Jeanne♥

Barbara said...

You're taking advantage of the asparagus crop, Mary. So many wonderful recipes!
Have a marvelous 4th....hope you have something exciting planned!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, Mary this and the asparagus lasagne sound sublime! I love asparagus any. way. you. can. fix. it!! Thank you. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. blessings ~ tanna

Pam said...

We didn't have much asparagus this year. So sad.

Vicki Bensinger said...

I love stir fries and this sound simple and delicious! I adore just about anything with asparagus.

Shug said...

Looks delicious!! Would you believe that it has just been within the past couple of years that I have started eating asparagus...love it!

spidercamp said...

Thanks so much for this recipe, Mary - I made it tonight and it was excellent.

Since I realized your food info is always spot-on and started making a lot of your recipes, my house has eaten very well. Thank you!

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Another winner...a must try....

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