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Sweet and Sour Asparagus

Barbara Kahian

"This is great at a picnic when you have tired of all the same old salads. Very versatile, you can serve it cold or room temperature. You can certainly chop up the asparagus, but I found that it always overcooks. I like the presentation of the long spears on a nice white platter. This goes great with a platter of sliced baked ham and some potato salad or with hamburgers and hot dogs. Enjoy!"
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Ingredients

8 h 15 m servings 76 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings

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  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the asparagus, and cook uncovered until slightly tender, about 1 minute. Drain in a colander, then immediately immerse in ice water for several minutes until cold to stop the cooking process. Once the asparagus spears are cold, place them on paper towels to dry.
  2. Bring vinegar, water, sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves, celery seed, and salt to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Spread the asparagus spears in a large dish or baking pan. Pour the vinegar mixture over the asparagus. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Drain and serve cold or at room temperature.

Footnotes

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  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 76 calories; 0.3 g fat; 17.9 g carbohydrates; 2.6 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 161 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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excellent... just need a bit more salt for us.

Fresh asparagus is now in season...make this one soon. I have it in the fridge now at all times!

I really liked the cinnamon/clove/celery seed combo. A very different way to have asparagus and quite tasty. Like another reviewer, I felt it was better with a bit of salt. I also discovered I d...

I brought this to a potluck and there were no leftovers of this dish. I didn't have the celery seed but added a pinch of cayene. Delicious.

This dish was so simple and I impressed all my foodie friends. Dish was emptied well before dinner finished. Unexpected taste won't let you stop eating them.