Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Simple Roasted Asparagus

This asparagus is so good- roasting any vegetable takes it to a whole new level.  I've already posted a recipe for roasted asparagus with balsamic butter sauce, but roasted asparagus is so good on its own that I thought I'd post the method here.  If you think you don't like asparagus, or are just used to having it steamed (or boiled!), try this recipe.  Seriously, this stuff is so good- it's almost like eating popcorn for me.  The kids loved it too- we were all fighting over the last piece.  It was even a hit with my Picky Kid.  It is so simple to make, too- you only need fresh asparagus, good olive oil, salt, and pepper.  I like to use fancy sea salt and fresh ground pepper, but regular salt and pepper will work just fine, too.  We had this with this salmon, and they complimented each other very well. 

Roasted Asparagus

1 bunch asparagus, rinsed, and tough ends trimmed
drizzle of good-quality olive oil
sea salt or regular salt, to taste
fresh pepper or regular pepper, to taste

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 

2.  On a baking sheet with sides, drizzle a bit of olive oil.  Lay the asparagus on the baking sheet in a single layer.  Drizzle with another bit of olive oil, and shake the pan gently from side to side to distribute oil evenly on the asparagus.  Sprinkle asparagus with salt and pepper to taste. 

3.  Roast in the hot oven for 8-12 minutes, or until asparagus is tender and has started to crisp and brown in spots.  If your asparagus is thick, it may need more time.  Mine was thin, and done in about 9 minutes. 
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