Thursday, December 18, 2008

Per a Request: My Roast Asparagus

One of my favorite people asked me to post about how I make asparagus. My absolutely favorite way is to roast it in the oven. It comes out so tasty and delcious. I never make it any other way.

Start by trimming the edges of a bunch of asparagus. When picking out fresh asparagus, make sure the tips aren't droopy, but standing up nice and tight. Then you want to trim the bottoms. The easiest way to do this is hold one at each of the ends and bend until it snaps. (Wow, that sounded just like the 'bend and snap' scene from Legally Blonde.) Anyway, this point will give you a good guide and then you can use a knife to cut the rest of the bunch at the same place.

I then lay the asparagus out on a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil and season with Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper. I also like to squeeze fresh lemon juice on top. Bake the asparagus in a pre-heated oven at around 400 degrees. You want to use a fairly hot oven. Cook for about 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the stalks. At about halfway turn the asparagus.

Roasting asparagus this way makes it very versatile. You can add any flavors you like. I like to roast some kalamata olives with the asparagus and once it comes out of the oven top it off with some feta cheese. Mmmm, yummy!

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