I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.
After last week’s asparagus extravaganza, I knew I had to cook with this tasty veggie again. Peter and I have enjoyed both roasted and steamed asparagus – how about raw?
“Never!” I said. “Too crunchy and flavorless. Right?”
Truth is, I’d never tried asparagus raw. Until last night.
I tried to convince Peter to roast the asparagus before we incorporated it into this red quinoa dish. In true form, he did the exact opposite. Recipe adapted from Modernist Cuisine at Home.
Thinly-sliced raw asparagus adds crunch to this dish, while sauteed asparagus tips satisfy that caramelized flavor craving. This protein-packed dish stands on its own, or pairs well with Peter’s smoked trout and additional roasted asparagus. Because we can never have enough asparagus.
Thanks to our friends Arden and Dan for bringing over this fresh trout!
Red Quinoa with Sauteed Asparagus Tips and Pesto
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Keywords: vegetarian quinoa asparagus pesto
Ingredients (4 servings)
- 1 cup red quinoa
- 2 tsp canola oil
- 1 3/4 cup vegetable stock
- 1/4 cup dry vermouth or white wine
- 1 cup asparagus, woody ends removed, tips cut off, and stalks thinly sliced
- 2 tsp canola oil
- 1/4 cup pesto
Rinse quinoa in fine-mesh strainer for at least 1 minute to remove bitter outer coating. Drain well. Heat 2 teaspoons canola oil in medium saucepan over medium heat and saute quinoa for 1 minute. Add vegetable stock and vermouth and bring to a boil. Lower heat to low, cover, and cook for 15 minutes. Remove saucepan from burner and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
While quinoa cooks, heat 2 teaspoons canola oil in small frying pan and add asparagus tips, Sauce for 2 minutes, or until slightly softened.
Stir sliced raw asparagus and pesto into quinoa. Season to taste. Garnish with sauteed asparagus tips and serve.
Note: A pressure cooker can be used. Decrease vegetable stock to 1 1/4 cups and pressure-cook quinoa for 4 minutes. Continue with recipe as outlined.
Q: Have you ever tried raw asparagus?