Any Asparagus fans out there? I love how simple it is to prepare and if you can get it on sale you can pick up a whole bunch of it to use in meals through out the week. In the past I usually have made roasted asparagus simply with a plain olive oil, garlic (either minced or embarassingly powdered garlic too), and salt and pepper. Top that with Parmesan cheese and it is a tasty side dish.
I wanted to try something a little bit different so I went with using a Citrus Olive Oil this time around, and after it is roasted I zested a lemon over the top. You can typically find citrus or plain lemon olive oil at specialty food stores. The oil I used was a blend of lemon and orange, but if that isn't available, a lemon olive oil works well too.
An alternative to buying premade citrus olive oil is to make it at home, which will probably save you money. Here is a recipe with good reviews at Food.com. Simply subsitute some of the lemon for orange if you want to make it a citrus blend.
Roasted Asparagus with Citrus Olive Oil
Makes several servings
- 1 lb asparagus
- Citrus infused olive oil
- Zest from one lemon
- Salt and pepper
1. Clean and cut off tough ends of asparagus. Place on a large baking sheet.
2. Drizzle lightly with citrus infused olive oil. Roll asparagus around in the pan to coat evenly. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
3. Bake at 400-f for 20-25 minutes, until tender. Remove from oven and garnish with fresh lemon zest.
Recipe from Jam Hands. Sharing this recipe at the following fun link parties.