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Cooking w/ Kids: Crispy Asparagus Rafts

Posted by on Nov. 12, 2012 at 7:59 PM
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I thought this might be a great way to get kids to try (or re-try) asparagus!

            Crispy Asparagus Rafts

                             

Capture your youngster's imagination with these "see-worthy" creations. Adding cheese and a crumb crust ensures that everyone in the family will devour their veggies in record time.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, beaten with a fork
  • 16 small to medium asparagus stalks, trimmed and cooked
  • Toothpicks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt (optional)

Cooking Instructions

  1. To cook asparagus, boil in salted water until the stalks are just tender, about 4 minutes, then chill them.
  2. Measure out bread crumbs, cheese, and thyme into a large shallow bowl. Put flour on a plate. Put egg into a wide shallow bowl.
  3. Line up 4 asparagus stalks side by side on a cutting board. Skewer 4 toothpicks into the set of 4 stalks at about 1-inch intervals to hold asparagus together like a raft. Repeat with remaining asparagus.
  4. Dip each asparagus raft in flour, then egg, then bread crumbs, patting crumbs evenly, and transfer to a plate.
  5. In large nonstick skillet, heat oil until just hot, then gently slide in asparagus rafts and cook over medium heat until golden, about 3 minutes. Turn rafts over and cook other side until golden, about 3 minutes more. Sprinkle with salt if you want.
  6. Slice each raft crosswise between the toothpicks, then remove sticks.

Recipe originally published in Wondertime magazine.

Servings: 4


by on Nov. 12, 2012 at 7:59 PM
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Sisteract
by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 12:29 AM

Yum

SabrinaLC
by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 9:42 AM

oh thank you!

My son tried asparagus for the first time a few weeks ago.  He loved it and asked us to buy some over the weekend.  I had no idea how to cook it for him but I might try this, after I change a few ingredients to fit our diet.

natesmom1228
by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 9:55 AM

yummy

BabyTeki
by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 10:07 AM
Yum...we live asparagus
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Kmakksmom
by on Nov. 15, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Those look good!

arpazia
by on Nov. 15, 2012 at 8:53 PM
Those look really good.
My son would never touch it:(
Mommy on the other hand;)
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terri76
by on Nov. 15, 2012 at 10:01 PM

 Yummmmmmm

mrswillie
by on Nov. 16, 2012 at 7:10 AM

My family loves asparagus. I don't care for them though

Meltopia529
by on Nov. 16, 2012 at 1:37 PM
Fun might get him to eat it. Tfs
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