I initially intended to make roasted asparagus to be served as a side dish along with wheat berries. I won’t go into the gross details as to why I aborted that idea. Let’s just say I had a disgusting awakening by some intruders who already claimed the wheat berries for themselves. What a shame and a waste of wheat berries. Anyhow, grossing you out while trying to enamor my oven roasted asparagus recipe seems counterproductive so I shall proceed to share the more appetizing aspect of it :-)
Roasting is my favorite method of cooking vegetables, not the least which is the oh so glorious, green asparagus. For starters, roasting asparagus is a lot easier than steaming them. Asparagus takes minutes to cook and therefore is more vulnerable to being overcooked. Secondly, roasting asparagus deepens the flavor and brings out the vegetables’ inherited sweetness. Moreover, if you have been notified about last minute company, this side dish only takes 12 minutes to prepare therefore minimizing the stress factor. Lastly, it can be served on its own or used in a number of side dishes.
Due to the wheat berry incident, I threw in some mushrooms and cherry tomatoes to the mix. The more, the merrier. But the key to mastering the culinary art of cooking asparagus is not to overthink it. Preparation is not taxing in the least. The thicker the asparagus is, the better is it for roasting – it won’t dissolve into a pile of mush. My choices for seasonings are salt, pepper, oregano, garlic powder, olive oil, and a bit of lemon juice. This lovely platter of oven roasted asparagus makes a delicious addition to any holiday table. Leftovers can be tossed in with pasta, salad, or in any grains. You can throw in some chicken or cheese and create a meal out if it.
For this recipe, you will need:
- 1 lbs of asparagus rinsed thoroughly and ends trimmed
- 1 lbs of mushrooms washed and rinsed
- 1 lbs of cherry tomatoes stems removed
- 1 onion thinly sliced
- 2-3 cloves of garlic minced
- 4 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- Salt and pepper for taste
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lay vegetables out in a single layer in a baking dish or cookie sheet. In a small bowl, whisk olive oil , garlic, salt and pepper. Drizzle evenly over vegetables. Roast for 8-12 minutes depending on the thickness of your asparagus until lightly browned and tender. Drizzle with lemon juice before serving.
Yields 4 servings