Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Asparagus and Garlic Scapes with Cashews - GF Recipe

Asparagus & Garlic Scapes with Cashews
Gluten-Free Recipe

We actually remembered to plant our garlic last October, so now we have nice tall garlic scapes which I used in this recipe. I would normally have used walnuts instead of the cashews, but it seems that my walnuts have disappeared.

This recipe is about as easy (and delicious) as it gets. 

Asparagus & Garlic Scapes with Cashews - GF Recipe:

Several nice tight spears of fresh asparagus
Several garlic scapes
1/2 c. cashews
Sea salt

Slightly steam asparagus spears in a skillet with a wee bit of water - just for a very short time. You don't want these cooked through, just starting to get bright green.

Remove them from the skillet, pour the water out, and dry out the skillet with a paper towel.

Now, add butter and olive oil (some) to the skillet. Then saute the garlic scapes and the asparagus spears by rolling them back and forth in the skillet over medium heat until you can put a fork through the asparagus, but DON'T overcook asparagus. It is NASTY stuff if you do. And it is delicious if you saute it until it is just barely tender. I mean barely!

Sprinkle the cashews on top and roll them around a bit with the asparagus and scapes until the cashews are hot. The cashews do not taste good if you saute them with the asparagus and scapes. I tried that, but it changed the taste entirely.

Hope you enjoy the recipe. Let me know if you decide to try it and whether or not you liked it!

A nice addition would have been a few sun-dried tomatoes (julienned) or a few thin slices of a red cayenne pepper or even a red bell or Carmen. It would be pretty in there, wouldn't it!

 Bridger, Fall of 2012
supervising the planting of the garlic


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Susie said...

I like asparagus, but I never fix it for us. Don't know why. You soap sounds as if it would be nice for the skin. xoxo,Susie

Trace4J said...

I think it would even be wonderful for breakfast.
Woolie hugs

Paulette said...

Made my mouth water, on the menu for tonight.

Unknown said...

I still haven't become a big fan of asparagus, but I do love this idea... a nice little twist on just plane old asparagus!

Eileen said...

I really like cashew nuts, would have been my first choice.
Aww and nice that you added a photo of Bridger, such a nice memory of him.

Sandra said...

I know you miss Bridger so much, he is so beautiful. cashews are my favorite of all nuts, i do love walnuts to.. this looks really good to me.

Bossy Betty said...

I want to eat more asparagus and this recipe will help me do just that!

TexWisGirl said...

your pup is/was beautiful...

Unknown said...

Good recipe and good picture of a pretty dog. Thanks for sharing.

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

I love asparagus especially steamed!!

Anonymous said...

I love this photo of Bridger. He was a part of your everyday life and I know you miss his presence.
Thank you for the recipe. Asparagus is one of John's favs.

Terri D said...

That dish looks delicious! I love asparagus. Used to have a bed in my garden, when I lived in Maryland.

Bridger was beautiful. That's a wonderful photo, full of love and good memories!

Unknown said...

Hi Judy,

You've made me wanting asparagus now, haven't had that in a long while. That dish looks delicious.
Nice photo of Bridger

Chatty Crone said...

I love asparagus - and never would have thought to cook it that way. Yum. And Bridger - what an awesome dog! sandie

Yenta Mary said...

The garlic scapes have arrived here, too! I got an email from my friend who's a garlic farmer - her and her husband's idea of retirement! I think she said she has 14 varieties for today's farmers' market ... whatever she's got, I'm ready!

Denise said...

Sounds good.


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