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!