Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan


Spring brings asparagus to the market!  How exciting is that!!  I learned that I really love asparagus when I started preparing it myself.  My mom and I approach cooking vegetables in two totally different ways.  I prefer to steam or roast them as opposed to boiling them to death.  That said, my mom is really an excellent cook...just not when it comes to preparing vegetables!

I really like Ina's simple directions for roasting asparagus.  It is a standby here.  Clean vegetables and place them on a baking sheet.  Drizzle them with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and a few grinds of pepper, then pop them in a 400 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes.  I was supposed to remove the vegetables from the oven when they were tender and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and then return them to the oven for a few minutes.  They are served with lemon slices.

Very simple and tasty!  Watch the roasting time...young tender asparagus roasts quickly.  I forgot to check to see if I had Parmesan cheese in the refrigerator...sadly, I did not.  We really didn't miss the cheese, the vegetables were great on their own!

6 comments:

  1. Kate, I love roasted asparagus too and our mothers must have gone to the same school, lol. My Mom boils them to death too. :o) These are also good with a little feta cheese on them. Hope you're having a great week!

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  2. Hi Kate!
    DH loves them like this too! Didn't know it was an Ina recipe.
    I have been sick so I have caught a few of her shows. Caught one with my neighbor in it, the Barefoot Contessa reunion. He did the ribs.
    He just built a new house here, knocked the old one and started all over. I hope Ina does a show again there, I will just happen to be strolling along the beach, LOL!

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  3. This is one of my favorite ways to make asparagus - I love roasted veggies.

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  4. I hated asparagus when I was a child because my mom didn't know how to prepare vegetables, except to boil. I have learned to also love asparagus grilled.

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  5. This is one of my favorite ways of making asparagus, too! Why didn't our mothers learn this way! I'm anxious to find spring veggie around here (looks like it will still be a while!)

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