Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus

I love asparagus. My favorite way to prepare asparagus is either oven-roasting or grilling. Oven roasting brings out the sweetness and full flavor of the asparagus. Oven roasting is another one-pan cooking which makes prepping and clean up so easy. Forget about cooking asparagus in water or steaming. Once you tried these oven-roasted asparagus, you will never want to boil or steam again.

1 pound medium- to large-size asparagus, ends trimmed
1 tablespoon olive oil or garlic infused garlic oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Position oven rack to the middle position of the oven.

Arrange asaparagus in one layer on a shallow-rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with
oil and give asparagus a good toss using your hands to evenly coat the asparagus. Sprnkle salt and pepper over the asparagus and give another toss to evenly coat
the asparagus.

Bake for about 8 to 12 minutes, depending on thickness of the asparagus. Asparagus should be slighly wrinkled, a little browned, and fork tender, but not overcooked.

Yields 2 to 4 servings

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