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Hi, I’m Harie, an expat wife in Germany!
This time, the national favorite in Germany.
Here are some ways to eat “Spargel” (white asparagus ).
Read this and you’ll learn how to boil spagel, how to make the sauce, and how to eat it the German way!
The recipe I am going to share with you is one I heard from a German friend.
I actually made it myself, and it was so good, you’ve got to try it!
What is Spargel (white asparagus) that Germans love?
The German spring vegetable is the Spargel (white asparagus)!
They appear in markets, supermarkets, and restaurants every year around mid-April.
In Germany, it is so popular that food stalls selling only spagel appear all over the city.
You can eat such spagel until St. John’s Day, June 24.
The shipment of Spargel is said to end at that time every year.
This is a limited time vegetable, only available for about two months!
Green asparagus is also “spagel” in German as well.
In German, we call them green spargel, white spargel, but
All of the spargel used in this article refers to white asparagus.
How to identify fresh Spargel (white asparagus)
According to a German friend, the best way to identify fresh Spargel is
They like to check the cross section of the cut.
A fresh cross-section is proof of freshness!
He says that it is best to avoid those that have dried out at the cut end.
Direct from the Germans! How to boil Spargel (white asparagus)
If you get fresh Spargel, eat it the same day, if you can!
It tastes best on the day of purchase.
Here’s my German friend’s recommendation on how to boil them!
First, peel the spargel.
If it looks hard, you can peel the bottom a few times.
Cut off the edges a little because they are tough.
When boiling, add a pinch of salt and sugar, and white wine to taste.
The peeled skin also gives off a good broth, so it is boiled together.
Boil over medium heat for about 8 to 10 minutes, and if it is softened, it is ready.
Be careful not to overboil them, they will start to taste bitter!
Boiled water is full of Spargel flavor!
Don’t throw it away, use it in soups, risotto, etc.â
Spargel (white asparagus) with hollandaise sauce
Hollandaise sauce” is a popular sauce for spagel.
There are ways to make them yourself by hand.
It’s easy to use sauce ingredients♪
A German friend of mine recommends Maggi’s Hollandaise sauce.
0.99€ a bag! Cheap!
The way to make it is simple and easy.
Mix 125 ml of water with the sauce ingredients and heat.
Once mixed, turn off the heat.
Throw in butter.
According to Maggie’s recipe, 125 grams of butter!
I set mine at about 20 grams, because it was too much….
Still, it was tasty enough.
When the butter is melted, remove the pan from the stove.
If you’re too lazy to make it.
They even sell instant hollandaise sauce!
It is convenient to use by simply heating it in a microwave oven.
I think the taste was definitely better at Maggi’s.
Spagel (white asparagus) served with ham and potatoes, German style
If you prepare potatoes and ham as a garnish for Spargel It’s a very German way to serve Spargel!
Potatoes boiled in salt.
The ham is at the butcher’s.
“Ham for Spargel, please!” If you say
They can tell you which ham would be a good fit.
Ham for Spargel, please!” is
Ich hätte gern Schinken zum Spargel.
I got through!
Spargel, ham, potatoes, and hollandaise sauce…
This combination was to die for!
Enjoy Spargel for a limited time only♪
If you want to see a video of how to boil Spargel.
I know it’s in English, but I thought this might help!
This recipe is almost identical to the method described in this article.
By the way, I made a Spargel soup for the second half of this video.
It failed to…
Spargel, which is limited to about two months.
Try this recipe straight from the Germans!