Friday, April 9, 2010
The Fireman doesn't cook....often. Oh he BBQs but cooking...no! I have this fantasy that he secretly cooks at work. And not just warming up pasta in a bag but gourmet meals. Now if he does cook then his crew is keeping his secret.
A couple weeks ago he surprised me with making a side dish while I cooked the rest of our meal. It was a vegetable dish I have made before but was surprised he could navigate our 1960 kitchen to make. Simple with clean flavors. Half my kids will eat it. Which I guess is better than none.
My recipe is a little dressier. I like fresh Parmesan cheese over canned. I use zest of one lemon (if my tree isn't bare) but this recipe is as simple as they come.
Take two bunches of asparagus and trim the ends. One bunch is enough for two adults in my house. I always figure if there happens to be leftovers I can use them in a quiche (another blog if there are ever any leftovers)
Place asparagus on a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil to cover. You are not looking to have them swimming. Roll asparagus to cover.
Grate 3/4 cup fresh Parmesan. Make sure it's finely grated and not like what you use for tacos.
Zest one lemon and mix with the cheese.
Sprinkle over the asparagus. Salt and pepper.
Bake at 400 for 20 minutes or until fork tender. I like them a little more done than The Fireman. He likes them al dente. I want them toasted. They are sweet and nutty when you leave them in longer.
I find if you like artichokes then you will like asparagus. They have a similar flavor although look completely different.
What's your favorite way to cook Asparagus?
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