Need an easy but tasty side? Try our OVEN-ROASTED ASPARAGUS!
This little beauty of a recipe is so simple we know you’ll have no problem replicating it. That said, OVEN-ROASTED ASPARAGUS is also one of those never-fail veggie sides that needs to be made right. There’s nothing quite so perfect as asparagus with slightly blistered skin and a crunchy bite. The finished side is addictively delicious and goes perfectly with virtually all of our main courses.
This side is so perfect it’s already had a bit of a reprise in another fabulous recipe, our ROASTED ASPARAGUS WITH WATERMELON RADISH. It offers a nice way to take the flavour of the asparagus up a notch and serve it with our extremely popular ASIAN DRESSING.
Here’s how to make OVEN-ROASTED ASPARAGUS:
As mentioned it’s all pretty simple, just asparagus, oil, salt, pepper, and a little bit of lemon – fabulous! Once you have the asparagus in hand, you’re good to go. One tip on quantity, I always double this recipe and enjoy the leftovers over the next few days added to pasta, an omelet or just cut up and tossed with salad greens.
Although asparagus is often available throughout the year, I tend to prefer it when locally grown varieties arrive early in the spring. Try to purchase organic, locally grown asparagus whenever it’s available; the spears are slightly thinner but the flesh itself is way tastier.
Sometimes, you may find yourself in possession of asparagus with woody stems. A quick, light peel of the stems is often all it takes to return them to tender territory. It’s also a good idea to trim away the lighter, thicker end of the stems which also tend to be tough. You can use the castoffs along with other vegetable trimmings to make a vegetable stock.
Laying the prepared asparagus out onto a foil-lined baking sheet is the way to go for this simple recipe – less clean-up. After that it’s about temperature and timing. Oven-roast the asparagus in a hot oven set to 425°F for no more than 10 minutes. This will ensure that slightly crispy bite when you go to enjoy.
OVEN-ROASTED ASPARAGUS? It’s one of the best ways to enjoy it!
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