The first time I ever had asparagus was at a Thanksgiving meal with friends several years ago. How I managed to avoid it for so many years before that is still a mystery. Also a mystery is why I just assumed my first bite would be the last. I can’t believe I missed out on it for so many years!! I’ve made it a couple of different ways but roasted is my favorite. Since it’s almost Thanksgiving I thought I would share my favorite way to prepare it with you so you can enjoy it on your holiday. Hopefully your family will like it as much as I did and you can enjoy this healthy, delicious side all year long!
1. Preheat oven to 400° F
2. Snap the asparagus or cut off the end where it naturally breaks when flexed. Set the bottoms to the side for compost or veggie stock.
4. Spread the asparagus out in a single layer in a baking dish or foil covered pan and lightly sprinkle with kosher salt.
5. Roast 8-12 minutes until tender. Cooking time will vary based on the size of your asparagus. (My favorite are the really thin ones)
Enjoy! You can make as much or as little as you would like but I should warn you- these are so delicious you might just find yourself eating the whole pan like candy.. not that that’s ever happened to me 😉
Save money by making your own vegetable stock at home! Keep your vegetable scraps (like the bottoms of the asparagus) in a gallon size Ziploc bag in the freezer. When you bag gets fulls toss into a large stock pot of water and bring to a boil. Cook the broth for a while and then strain out the pieces of vegetables. Freeze the broth in ziploc bags or ice cubes for use next time a recipe calls for chicken or vegetable stock.