Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Baked Asparagus (Spring)

Last week I saw a woman at Costco with a cart entirely full of asparagus, which got me thinking.

I like the Costco asparagus year round; but, now, being asparagus season, the taste is best.  (An entire cart?)

I wanted an asparagus recipe that would preserve the fresh spring taste, and this one turned out pretty well:

Snap off the woody asparagus bottoms and place asparagus in single layer on a baking dish (I used a cookie sheet with a lip and lined it with foil). 

Drizzle asparagus with good olive oil.  

Season with sea salt and fresh ground pepper.

Bake asparagus at 400 for 10 minutes.  

Rearrange spears, cook a few minutes more.  

I served with rice, chicken and fresh bread. 

Baking this way preserved the fresh taste - I'm going to be cooking this again.