Cheesy Asparagus Shell Tacos

May 30, 2019

 

 Want to win a free copy of my cookbook, Meals From the Mitten? Tune into My West Michigan ~ WZZM 13 On Your Side on Friday, May 31st at 9am EST. We'll be giving away some cookbooks and I'll be making these delicious Cheesy Asparagus Shell Tacos. These tacos are low-carb and keto-friendly. 

 

Update: 5/31/19 - Here's the video segment for this recipe! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHEESY ASPARAGUS SHELL TACOS 

 

 

CHEDDAR CHEESE CRISPS 

8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese 

1/2 cup thinly sliced (1/8-inch) or shaved asparagus 

 

TACO FILLING

Your favorite taco meat 

Shredded lettuce 

Diced tomatoes

Salsa 

Asparagus Guacamole (recipe below) 

 

Preheat oven to 325º-F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. 

 

 

MAKE CHEDDAR CHEESE CRISPS

Add 1 tablespoon of asparagus in a round shape to the baking sheet, followed by 2 tablespoons 

of shredded cheese and gently pat down. Repeat, keeping space between each cheese round. Bake for 5-6 minutes, then cool for at least 2 minutes before removing. Lift each round with a spatula and drape over a wood spoon handle or form into a taco shell on the back side of a muffin tin or place in a taco holder. As the cheese cools, it will take the form of a taco shell. 

 

ASSEMBLE 

Place taco fillings inside of the asparagus cheese crisps and enjoy! 

 

 

 

ANCHO CHILE ASPARAGUS GUACAMOLE

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

 

1 pound Michigan asparagus, chopped and steamed

1 avocado, halved, seeded and peeled

1 garlic clove

3 tablespoons green pepper Tabasco sauce (or 1 small jalapeño, de-seeded)

1/8 cup cilantro leaves

1/4 teaspoon ancho chile powder 

1 teaspoon celery salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon cumin

Juice of 1 lime

2 tablespoons red onion, minced

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered 

 

 

PREPARATION:

 

Add all of the ingredients, except for the onions and tomatoes, to a food processor and pulse until thoroughly combined. Transfer to a bowl and gently fold in the onions and tomatoes.  

 

 

 

 

Michigan Asparagus Season ~May & June~ Buy fresh, Buy local! 

 

What to look for when purchasing fresh asparagus~

 

- firm spears, they should not bend

 

- closed, compact tips

 

How to store fresh asparagus~

 

- keep asparagus cold (DO NOT leave on kitchen counter at room temperature)

 

- store spears upright in a jar with some water at the bottom

 

- lightly tent with a paper bag that is breathable (asparagus has a high respiration rate so you don't want to trap moisture in the spears)

 

 


National Asparagus Festival is in Oceana County June 7-9, 2019

https://www.nationalasparagusfestival.org

 

 

 

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