This Oven Roasted Asparagus recipe lets the vegetable shine through. Roast this side dish in the oven while you make the main dish. Delicious and easy recipe.
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Fresh Asparagus is So Delicious
Recently, I purchased 4 bunches of asparagus. Well, it may seem like a lit until you realize that I can eat an entire bunch by myself. My husband even likes this. It can be hard to get your family to eat their vegetables, but this one my whole family enjoys.
Restaurant Side Dish
The last time I ate at asparagus at a restaurant, I think they served me 5 sprigs. It was very good, but not nearly enough. Learn how to make this delicious side dish at home and not only save money, but eat this as often as you like.
Picking the Right Asparagus
Make sure when you are buy asparagus that you look for bunches that have plump stems. Size isn’t an indicator of quality or flavor; thick asparagus is just more mature than the thin variety.
- Look for bright green or violet-tinged spears.
- The tips should be closed and compact.
- Try and squeeze the bunch a little. It should make a slight squeaking noise.
- Bottom Line: if the asparagus is wrinkly and not fresh looking, move along.
Storing Asparagus to Keep it Fresh up to a Week
If you aren’t making this roasted asparagus recipe the day you come home from the grocery store, you are going to want to store it in your refrigerator. Stand the asparagus up in a glass or jar with about an inch or two of water, making sure all the ends are sitting in the water. It is a good idea to give the bottom of the stem a little trim before placing in the water. Cover the container loosely with a plastic bag until you are ready to use, for up to a week.
Prepping YOUR ASPARAGUS
When you are ready to make your asparagus, take the jar out of the refrigerator and give it a light wash.
Next, trim off the woody part of the stem on the bottom. Normally 1-2 inches. You can bend the asparagus and feel where it begins to get tough.
Variety of Toppings
While I enjoy this vegetable with simple olive oil, salt, and pepper. It is also fun to dress it up for special occasions or just something different for your family meal. You can add:
- Parmesan cheese
- Make a lovely buttery and creamy sauce to drizzle on top – Yum.
Oven Roasted Asparagus
- 1 Bunch Asparagus Spears Trimmed
- 2 Tbl. Olive Oil
- 1 Tsp. Sea Salt
- 1/2 Tsp. Pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place trimmed asparagus sears in a large bowl. Coat with the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat.If you want to add other toppings, now would be a good time for that. Such as the lemon, Parmesan, or garlic.
- Arrange the asparagus onto a baking sheet in a single layer.
Note, I baked 4 bunches today, so I had more than a single layer. It still tasted delicious.
- Bake in the preheated oven until just tender, Approximately 15-20 minutes depending on thickness.
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