12,525 Reasons to Try This Absurdly Addictive Asparagus

March 27, 2018

Absurdly Addictive Asparagus—Hyperbolic? Perhaps. Too good to be true? Maybe not. As easy to make as it is to scarf down? Most definitely. Take it from community member Dylan Mierzwinski, who had this to say about our site’s most popular asparagus recipe:

“This was so wonderful (all ninety times I’ve made it). I don’t change a thing, this is my go-to ‘impress others’ dish. And let’s be ‘impress myself’ dish.”

Originally uploaded to Food52 by community member kaykay in 2010, this recipe has racked up an impressive amount of attention, with upwards of 12,000 favorites and 300 comments. In honor of this success, we’ve memorialized it in video form, just in time for spring—a.k.a. asparagus season. The flavors are few but purposeful. Sharp citrus and buttery pine nuts meld with pancetta’s welcome heft; the asparagus pop out of the pan crunchy and vegetal, dappled in an exciting new sauce.

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In fact, this recipe has been popular on our site for so long that this isn’t even the first time we made this asparagus on camera. Eight years back, when Food52 was still a fledgling young enterprise, Amanda and Merrill recorded this very charming proto–recipe video for Absurdly Addictive Asparagus in their Brooklyn kitchen. Camera quality has definitely come a long way since then, but the simplicity and tastiness of the recipe are timeless.

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“I wish there was a written list of items and measurements. Looks delicious, though.”
— Sharon S.

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Sharon S. April 1, 2018
I wish there was a written list of items and measurements. Looks delicious, though.
Cpprbull April 1, 2018
...just had to enter it in the Search textbox on the Recipes tab:
Patty O. April 1, 2018
Thank you, Cpprbull!
Joycelyn April 1, 2018
Joycelyn April 1, 2018
Ah silly me, how did I not notice the link to recipe was already provided.
Has to be the guy next door who's been driving us nuts, (especially me as I'm in the kitchen which is closest to him ) on Easter Sunday of all things, since early AM with his incredibly noisy chain saw.

Cpprbull April 2, 2018
Well, I, like others, also didn't notice that the first three words were a link. :>)