I love asparagus. I don’t think I even ate an asparagus until I was out of college (did I ever mention that I was a picky kid?) but it’s one of those veggies that I could eat daily. If only it weren’t so dang expensive!
Weird fact: asparagus makes your pee smell. Weirder fact: NOT EVERYONE CAN SMELL IT.
(I am realizing that I probably should have had the pee talk AFTER posting a recipe, not before, but I’m going to go ahead and ride this crazy train to the end of the line.)
Are you one of the population who can smell asparagus pee? I can! Not that I TRY. Those of you who can’t probably imagine the rest of us hanging out by the toilet attempting to smell our pee. (Kind of like on this post.) The reality is that I’m usually not thinking about the fact that I’ve eaten asparagus until I’m suddenly like, what is that SMELL!? Oh. Asparagus.
Now that we are all thinking about the bathroom, not dinner, how about a recipe that you may or may not smell in your pee later? You will for sure smell it in your breath, because we are talking garlic here, people.
- 1 bunch asparagus
- 10-12 grape or cherry tomatoes
- 3-4 cloves garlic
- 2 T olive oil
- 1 T fresh lemon juice
- feta or parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- Break off the bottom of the asparagus stalks (about 1/4 of the bottom where it's white) and discard. In a shallow pan, boil water and blanch the asparagus for 1-2 minutes until they turn bright green. Drain immediately and place the asparagus in an ice bath (I just put ice in a colander on top and underneath).
- Slice your garlic into strips and saute in 1 T olive oil over medium heat until soft, a little less than five minutes. Add the tomatoes and keep stirring as they begin to get soft and possibly burst. (Bursting is okay!) Add in the second T of olive oil and the asparagus. Toss everything around to coat and until heated through. Season with salt and pepper.
- Rove to a serving bowl or plate. Sprinkle with feta or parmesan and the lemon juice. Toss to coat and serve warm.
Because inquiring minds want to know, let me know in the comments if you can smell asparagus pee. Also, do you have any favorite asparagus recipes?