The best asparagus recipes are simple, allowing the bright green flavor of the asparagus to shine through.
Which means the best asparagus recipes are easy as pie (I have to assume that saying refers to eating pie rather than making it, as making pie crust is definitely difficult).
Say you turn the oven on to preheat while you make some biscuit dough, only to have the darn thing finish before the dough is done rising.
And say it's a warm May day and you hate to waste all that heat (and raise your gas bill) for naught.
And say you have some asparagus languishing in your vegetable drawer and not much else in the way of ingredients anywhere.
I would say you should roast the asparagus.
Simple Roasted Asparagus
Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Take a 9x13 pan (or whatever size seems appropriate for your asparagus stash) and drizzle a bit of extra virgin olive oil in it.
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Lay the asparagus in your pan with the tender tops in the middle and the thicker ends toward the edges.
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Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Perhaps add a few peeled, crushed garlic cloves (they will flavor the asparagus and get sweet themselves with roasting--so delicious).
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Pop the pan in your preheated oven for about 10-15 minutes. The asparagus should darken and shrivel a bit, becoming fork tender, but not burn. Although, because of the strings, you'll still probably need a knife to cut them into bite size pieces.
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could see the difference more clearly. I have no idea why
the light changed in the course of ten minutes, but it did.
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|Simple spring supper.|