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.
CHEESY ASPARAGUS SHELL TACOS
CHEDDAR CHEESE CRISPS
8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup thinly sliced (1/8-inch) or shaved asparagus
Your favorite taco meat
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.
Place taco fillings inside of the asparagus cheese crisps and enjoy!
ANCHO CHILE ASPARAGUS GUACAMOLE
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
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