Simply Wonderful Asparagus!

 March 29, 2015
Posted by jenn

Asparagus is in season and I wait all year long for it. It’s one of my favorite veggies to eat and offers some great health benefits. Packed with antioxidants, this superfood aids in anti-aging amongst many other things. I could lecture all day about eating your greens but what I would really like to do is share some of my favorite recipes with these bad boys. Bring the most popular side dish to any meal!

Roasted Garlic Asparagus

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YIELD: Makes 6 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons fresh finely chopped parsley
  • 2 pounds thin asparagus, ends trimmed
  • Fleur de sel or coarse sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
 PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Line a large jelly-roll pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a small pot, heat the oil, garlic, onion powder, and parsley on medium-low heat. Cook for 3 minutes, until the garlic mixture is fragrant but not browned.

Spread the asparagus in a single layer on the prepared pan. Lightly sprinkle with coarse sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Drizzle on the garlic-oil mixture.

Roast for 8-10 minutes, until the asparagus are bright green; do not overcook.

Transfer to a platter and serve hot.

So garlicky, so yummy!!!

 

Grilled Asparagus

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YIELD: Makes 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 lb medium asparagus (24), trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Special equipment: 8 (6-inch) wooden skewers, soaked in warm water 10 minutes

PREPARATION

Prepare grill.

Divide asparagus into 4 bunches. Align each bunch in a flat row and thread 2 skewers crosswise through each bunch (see photo, above). Brush asparagus with oil and season with kosher salt.

Grill asparagus on an oiled rack set 5 to 6 inches over glowing coals until tender, 3 to 5 minutes on each side.

cooks’ notes:• The parallel skewers make it easier to turn the asparagus. • If outdoor grilling isn’t an option, asparagus may also be grilled in a well-seasoned ridged grill pan over moderately high heat.

Simple and savory!

 

Prosciutto Asparagus Spirals

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YIELD: Serves 30

ACTIVE TIME: 15

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 40 min

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pkg. (17.3 ounces) Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets, thawed
  • 6 tbsp. garlic & herb spreadable cheese, softened
  • 8 slices prosciutto or thinly sliced deli ham
  • 30 medium asparagus spears, trimmed

PREPARATION

1. Heat the oven to 400°F. Unfold the pastry sheets on a lightly floured surface. Spread 3 tablespoons cheese on each pastry sheet. Top each with 4 slices prosciutto. Cut each into 15 strips crosswise, making 30 in all.

2. 2.Tightly wrap 1 pastry strip around each asparagus spear, prosciutto-side in. Place the pastries seam-side down onto 2 baking sheets.

3. Bake for 15 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown.

Mouth wateringly good!

Now get to cooking and invite me over!

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