What is a Labor Day BBQ without a dip? What is a three-day weekend party without an appetizer? Here’s a great way to use the woody ends of asparagus that you might normally throw away and make sure you have that yummy dip for friends & family while they wait for the BBQ grill to do its magic.
Start with one bunch of asparagus. Bend each asparagus and break at the bend. Place the bottoms* into a food processor and save tops for another meal. Place food processor on low until asparagus is finely chopped.
*About two cups of any part of the asparagus will work well.
Place chopped asparagus into a medium large bowl with the following ingredients:
- 8 ounces softened cream cheese
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 cup grated Comte’ cheese
- 2 cloves grated garlic
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
Coat baking dish with cooking spray. Place dip into the dish and, if desired, place a few asparagus stalks on top of dip to beautify.
While your delicious asparagus dip bakes, you can enjoy this stalkumentary about the asparagus capital of the world. It’s a great reminder to buy local.
Bake until hot & bubbling. Serve hot with fancy crackers. Happy weekend!