Roasted Asparagus Recipe

Roasted Asparagus,

Brunch dabs a toe in dinner fare with the Roasted Asparagus recipe, but you'll get used to the idea quickly.

There are four things you should know about roasted asparagus:
1. It has an entirely different taste and texture than steamed asparagus, 2. it's delicious, 3. it's out of the ordinary, and 4. it's easy to prepare.

I've paired it with Crab Cakes on the Brunch Menu Ideas page, but it is also exceptional with Scrambled Eggs and Salmon, or Eggs Benedict.

Roasted Asparagus

4-5 pounds fresh asparagus (@ 2 bunches)
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

Snap the tough, white ends of asparagus off and discard them.

    Trick: Simply bend the lower half of the asparagus spears and they will snap at exactly the right spot.

Spread the asparagus spears on a baking sheet, foil-lined for easy clean-up. Brush them lightly with olive oil then salt and pepper them to taste.

Bake the asparagus in a 375° oven just until tender-crisp, 10-15 minutes, turning once. Serves 8-12.

For a little color or added interest, toss in a handful of chopped garlic and/or red bell pepper to roast with the asparagus.

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