Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Side: Simple Asparagus

"As quick as cooking asparagus" is an old Roman saying meaning something accomplished rapidly. Roman emperors loved the vegetable so much they they kept an Asparagus Fleet just to go fetch it
- Asparagus
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Salt
- Cracked pepper

TIP: When buying asparagus, try to find a bunch with the skinniest and greenest spears. This means that the asparagus is young and tender. Bigger spears are hard and woody.Use as soon as you can. Asparagus does not keep well. 

Instructions: Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Cut off the woody bottom party of the asparagus. Lightly toss in olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Place on a baking sheet, baking dish-- whatever you have, and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until tender-crispy. Don't overcook. It'll get mushy and lose its nice flavor. 

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