Spring Time, Time for Asparagus!

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Asparagi al Forno-Oven roasted asparagus

Originating from Greek meaning “sprout” or “shoot” wild asparagus was popular with the Ancient Greeks while the Romans were the first to cultivate it. Considered a delicacy & coveted for its supposed medicinal benefits in Europe & the U.K., asparagus found its way to the Americas via the early settlers. 

We eagerly anticipate spring when asparagus returns! Look for dark green asparagus with a purple tinge, firm stalks & tightly closed tips. Oven-roasting asparagus highlights its unique herbaceous flavor, serve as a side dish or savor alone. Serves 4-6.

Ingredients:

  • 1.70 lbs. fresh asparagus
  • ¼ cup Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 ½ tsp. coarse sea salt
  • 3 tsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh ground black pepper added to taste

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees fahrenheit
  2. Snap off the fibrous, woody bottom part of each stalk, it will break off naturally where it is tough.
  3. Place in a single layer in a large roasting pan or wide cookie sheet, coat evenly with oil & sea salt.
  4. Roast turning asparagus occasionally for approx. 15 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese return to oven for 5 minutes or until golden brown & tender in the middle. Do not overcook.
  6. Add fresh pepper to taste.
  7. Serve & enjoy!

RecipesAmy WrightComment