The asparagus feta combination is popularly used in summer salads that are served as starters or vegetarian side dishes in the Mediterranean. Asparagus is a perennial plant that grows readily in the Mediterranean. It is native to most places in Europe and is widely used in a range of dishes in combination with cheese, cream, salt and pepper. Asparagus was commonly prepared in ancient times by Greeks, Arabs and Romans. The feta is a brined and curdled cheese, which comes in a crumbled form.
Asparagus Feta Recipe Overview
Asparagus tips are commonly combined with feta cheese, chicken, shrimp, meat, beef and bacon. The tips have a delicate nutty taste and they can be combined with herbs, spices and meats to make a range of delicious dishes. The tips can be simmered in stock, roasted, grilled pan fried or baked with feta into a range of dishes.
Serving and Eating Asparagus Feta
An asparagus feta dish is generally served hot or warm as a starter or a vegetarian side dish.
Popular Asparagus Feta Recipe Variations
Roasted asparagus feta is a popular dish made by roasting the asparagus tips in olive oil, salt and pepper. The roasted tips are then dressed with garlic, lemon zest, red pepper flakes, dried oregano, tomatoes, fresh parsley and lemon juice. The feta crumbles are then mixed in. A vegetarian dish can be made by adding rice, quinoa, and barley along with the same dressing. An alternative dressing made from extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard and salt and pepper can also be used on the roasted or boiled asparagus tips.
Asparagus and feta fritters are made by grating asparagus with dill, parsley, onions, feta, salt and pepper. The grated mix is made into a patty and deep fried. It is served with a poached egg along with a avgolemono sauce or Hollandaise sauce.
Asparagus feta and herb dips are made by pureeing the cooked tips with sour cream, dill, thyme, oregano, and feta cheese. The same pureed mixture may be added cooking eggs to make an asparagus, feta, herb frittata or a egg asparagus feta scramble or ranch eggs frittata.
Raw asparagus and feta salad is the easiest salad to prepare. The asparagus tips are shaved as thin as possible and then dressed with salt, pepper, lemon juice and olive oil. The shaved and dressed asparagus is then tossed with minced garlic, feta crumbles, lemon zest, olive oil, parsley, thyme and extra virgin olive oil.