This awesome asparagus and shallots recipe is a perfect side dish for any main meal! So delicious!
I enjoy this asparagus and shallots dish with a few different meals. For example, sometimes I love to eat it in a quesadilla like this one. And sometimes I eat it as a side dish, as in the photo above.
Asparagus and shallots together are so delicious that you will want to make it regularly! So, ask me how I know!
Go on! Ask me!!
Chemicals and no-no subjects
I’m going to talk about pee, so if you are squeamish then by all means scroll down because I have a very adolescent sense of humor, not that I find pee funny. Oh, wait, yes I do. But to talk about my adolescent behaviors, I’m fascinated by things like this.
So, back to asparagus pee.
Asparagus is the only vegetable that contains asparagusic acid. So, when our bodies digest the vegetable, we break down the asparagusic acid into sulfur-like compounds. And as we know, sulfur is stinky. What makes asparagus pee stinky is once we convert the asparagusic acid into a volitile compound it enters a gaseous state at room temperature which is why most people can smell it when they pee.
But here’s the fun part. Because pee is fun! Don’t you think?
Because some people can NOT smell the effects of asparagus pee, scientists are in two different camps regarding the reason for this. They either think that some people don’t convert the acid to the compound, or they think that some people just don’t have the ability to smell the compound. Similarly, my sister does not have that ability.
Tests, but I don’t want to participate
I guess in one study, they had people who couldn’t smell asparagus pee urinate in a cup and let someone who CAN smell it, sniff the urine to see if it had a scent. Hence, voilá the non-smelling person’s pee was stinky to the person who has the ability to smell the compound.
Isn’t that fascinating?
Above all, can you smell it or not? I know this is weird, but leave me a comment, even if it is only a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’. I’d love to know. See? Adolescent.
Also, if you are like me and want to read more about it, here’s my source.
How to make asparagus and shallots
So, we have asparagus, shallots, some olive oil and one of my favorite pans: the Le Creuset Wok.
I set my wok on the stove and turn the heat on medium. While I’m waiting for the pan to heat, I cut the asparagus into 3 inch pieces and the shallots into chunks.
Once the pan heats up, I also add a few tablespoons of olive oil. After that heats up, I add the shallots first and let them sauté for 6 minutes.
Finally, I add the asparagus and some garlic paste and let it all sauté for another 6 minutes.
All that is left, is for me to plate this awesome asparagus and shallots on the side of some maple mustard chicken!
I hope you enjoyed the asparagus and shallots recipe as much as we did eating it.
Other great side dishes
And as always, may all your dishes be delish!
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Asparagus and Shallots
Only 4 Ingredients
- 3 shallots chopped into chunks
- 1 pound asparagus chopped into 2 - 3 inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons garlic paste 2 cloves crushed
Sauté pan - I used a cast iron wok
- Heat pan on medium
- Add oil once pan heats up
- Add shallots and sauté for 6 minutes
- Add asparagus and garlic and sauté for another 6 minutes
- Plate with a main dish