blanched asparagus

Blanched Asparagus with Three Aiolis

Empire asparagus farmer Harry Norconk loves the sweet taste of asparagus right from the earth. You can serve these garlicky dips with raw spears or asparagus that’s barely blanched in boiling water.

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  • 2 pounds fresh asparagus spears, raw or blanched in boiling water for one minute
For aioli:
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard


Whisk all ingredients in small bowl to blend. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for an hour to let flavors meld. Aioli can be prepared a day ahead. Serve with asparagus for dipping. Makes about 1 cup. Variations: For herbed aioli, add 2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon or rosemary. For saffron aioli, add a drizzle of honey, a pinch of saffron and grated orange zest.