How to Prepare Asparagus and Other Vegetables
Master chef Jacques Pépin explains how to peel asparagus, cut corn from the cob and prep other vegetables like broccoli, fava beans and bell peppers. Plus, F&W’s best salads and other dishes that star fresh vegetables.
In this article:
Peeling and Trimming Asparagus
Peeling asparagus helps you use more of the stalk. Here, how to do it.
Though they often go to waste, broccoli stems are tender and sweet once they’ve been peeled and cooked. Jacques Pépin shows how to use them.
Jacques Pépin shows the best way to peel a bell pepper.
Peeling a Carrot
Here, a great technique for peeling carrots in a single stroke.
Chef Jacques Pépin shows how to prep spinach.
Cutting Corn Off the Cob
Here’s an invaluable tip for removing corn kernels from the cob.
Master chef Jacques Pépin shares a technique for quickly shelling peas.
Shelling Fava Beans
A great technique for shelling fava beans.
Favorite Recipes for Asparagus
Chef Nate Appleman swears by coating vegetables with a mayonnaise-based marinade; it creates a beautifully blistered crust when grilled. Here he offers a marinade for trimmed asparagus that is also fabulous on broccoli and fennel.
For a simple spring dish, chef Cindy Pawlcyn folds penne with asparagus and sweet English peas, then adds a little cream for richness.
Like a frugal Alsatian housewife, Jean-Georges Vongerichten uses the asparagus peels to make a fragrant broth. When he adds them to boiling water, their characteristically grassy aroma emerges almost immediately.