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Saturday, October 30, 2010


...some call it a stalk. It’s a vegetable most closely associated with spring, but these days it’s available year-round... and I’m happy to eat asparagus pretty much any time.

Roasted Asparagus

This time, I scored some nice, beefy stalks at Costco. A full five pounds, it was, and all I had to do by way of prep was to trim the bottom off of each spear, leaving about 4/5 of each one intact. No laborious peeling necessary. Then onto a baking sheet with a liberal drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and into a 500°F oven. Turned ’em over at five minutes and again at ten, then 3-5 more minutes with a piece of foil covering the tips of the spears.

All these beauties needed by way of seasoning was a healthy scattering of lemon zest - I used three lemons’ worth of zest in view of the huge pile of asparamagoosalum spears - some freshly grated nutmeg, and a sprinkling of kosher salt. Fleur de sel (fancy-ass French sea salt) would’ve worked just fine, too.

Alton Brown - a nice local boy - gets credit for the recipe.

Served at room temperature, they were delicious. Good for you, too. Who gives a crap if your pee smells funny afterward?


treppenwitz said...

I was all set to congratulate your self-restraint at not mentioning the pee smell thing.

Never mind. :-)

bou said...

I get my vegies as of late from a food co-op of sorts. I call the girl I pick up my vegies from 'Komrad', just not to her face.

Tuesday is my next crop, and I never know of what I will receive. I suspect asparagus is this week. To date, we have gotten at least one vegetable my boys have declared, 'Inedible'. I suspect asparagus will win the prize if its in this week's batch... Just sayin'...