November 27, 2009 10
Does anybody need a little dose of healthiness after Thanksgiving? If you’re looking for an alternative to the heavy leftovers of yesterday’s meal, I have a great suggestion – asparagus! I love it – it’s definitely my favorite vegetable. I actually had never had it until after I was married. I had no idea how to cook it, and ended up googling “How to cook asparagus.” I modified my method until it’s perfect for us – creating a crispy, salty, healthy side dish. We love it. It’s definitely a treat in our house. I think Mike was nervous the first time I made it, but now he likes it so much that, if forced to, it’s one of the few things he will actually cook for himself. And that’s saying something.
Break off the bottoms of the asparagus spears at their natural breaking point. (This breaks off the non-tender part). Put a small amount of olive oil (for asparagus I use only the best) in a pan. I like to use our square griddle because the asparagus fits better than it does in a circular pan. Spray them (and the pan) with olive oil cooking spray. Turn the burner on medium high and let them cook until you can hear/smell them and they are starting to brown on the bottom. Then turn them over. Continue cooking and turning until they are nicely browned and sort of crispy, or until they are done to the tenderness you prefer - we like them well cooked. Sprinkle with salt and serve immediately. If you let them sit, they will get cold and stringy, which is not what you want.
Starting December 1 (Tuesday), I will be doing “The 12 Days of Christmas (Cookies)”. A new Christmas cookie recipe every day for 12 days. Some will be tried and true winners year after year, and others will be new favorites. All will be delicious. Check back Tuesday and follow along as I bake ridiculous amounts of cookies (and figure out what to do with them all).
We love asparagus. I have roasted it in the oven, but never fried it in a pan. Will try that next!
as per your upcoming "12 days of christmas cookies" :
is there any way we could make that "12 days of holiday cookies"?
i prefer a separation between church and blog.
I love asparagus so much, I will marry them. I actually had them for Thanksgiving! Yum!
I can't wait for the 12 days of Christmas. I'm looking for more cookie recipes for my Christmas baskets that I'm giving away.
Can't wait to see your cookies!! 🙂
There is nothing better than roasted asparagus – simple and delicious.
Looks delicious – and so easy!!
Yum, the asparagus looks great! Thanks for the recipe!
I can't wait for the cookie recipes! The "12 Days of Christmas (Cookies)" idea is so cute and creative!
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I completely agree with your needing some healthy eats after Thanksgiving! I made myself a big old spinach salad today which totally hit the spot. Your asparagus looks fresh and so delicious though. Nice recipe!
Like it the way that you prepared the asparagus…and look forward to your cookies 🙂
Barbara and Pam – I've always wanted to try roasting the asparagus – great suggestion. 🙂