Thursday, May 8, 2014

Roasted Parmesan Asparagus @LucyBurdette

LUCY BURDETTE: Why, you must be wondering, is Lucy showing us a patch of brambles? Because that was our asparagus bed on April 20! 

Yes it looks terrible, but soon enough the asparagus will come pouring out of it and I'll need ways to cook it. So I experimented with a simple, yet elegant presentation--roasted asparagus with Parmesan cheese and leek frizzles. (Don't you love that word?)



1 bunch asparagus
2-3 Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 large leek

Clean the leek carefully, chop it into thin slices, and saute until brown in a little olive oil.

Wash the asparagus and snap off the bottom woody inch or so. Place the stalks in a baking dish and roll them in olive oil.


Grate the cheese, add this to the baking dish and distribute it over the asparagus.


 Roast the vegetables in a 400 degree oven about ten minutes.

Garnish with the frizzled leeks. 

What's your favorite recipe for asparagus? Lord knows I'm going to need lots of variations!

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  1. I love reading your books and always look forward to the next one to come out :) :)
    Mary from Pittsburgh, PA

  2. Brilliantly simple and delicious.

  3. I have asparagus in my vegetable beds for the first time this year. Is there anything more delicious than freshly picked asparagus? If there is I'm not sure I could stand that much yumminess.

    For the truly fresh stuff, I just drizzled a little olive oil over it and microwaved it for 30 seconds. Absolutely wonderful. But we also like plain old roasted asparagus, drizzled with olive oil and broiled for eight minutes, then sprinkled with a little sea salt.

  4. Nice recipe, Lucy, I like to use the oven, too, but a caterer friend of ours cooks huge batches by boiling a pot of water, removing it from the heat and placing the veggie stem side down "like a plant" before covering. He swears the asparagus cooks perfectly in twenty minutes.

    ~ Cleo

  5. Looks delicious. I picked up some spears from the farmer's market, so I'll have to give it a try!

  6. My husband is not a huge fan of asparagus, but I bet he would love this recipe. I know I would.

  7. Lovely, Lucy. I adore asparagus and you know how I feel about cheese.

    Avery / Daryl

  8. Roasted asparagus is my favorite. It's much like your recipe except I roll it in olive oil, salt pepper and garlic powder.