Sunday, April 27, 2008

Roasted Asparagus

This is, by far, my favorite way to enjoy asparagus. Yes, you can steam or boil or microwave, but none of those cooking methods gives you the concentrated smokiness of roasting. You can use this method with just about any vegetable. Try it!

fresh asparagus spears
olive oil
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Yes, really, 500 degrees! That's not a typo!

Break off the woody end of the asparagus and arrange the spears in a single layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place baking tray in oven for 10-12 minutes. That's all there is to it!

It's SO tasty just as it is, but if you want, you can add a little squeeze of lemon just after you finish roasting. For a little kick, sprinkle with a little Montreal Steak Seasoning before roasting in the oven.

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