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Recipes We Love: Quick Broiled Asparagus

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Author: robin

When we invited friends to dinner spur of the moment last weekend, I visited the grocer to see what vegetables were fresh. There was some great asparagus on sale, so I decided to broil it for a quick side dish.

Here's how I did it:
Take 1 bunch of asparagus (I prefer them thin, but thick works too)
Cut off the tough ends
Wash lightly and let dry completely
Place asparagus on a cookie sheet or the bottom of a broiler pan
Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil
Sprinkle with salt and pepper, or just salt
Move oven rack to top and turn broiler on low
Cook for 5-10 minutes depending on thickness, and check frequently
Serve immediately, or let cool and serve at room temperature.

Here's another tip: If you are broiling and baking dishes for the same meal, broil first and it will take no time at all to heat the oven to your preferred baking temperature.

Do you have a quick asparagus recipe you like? Please share it with us! And remember to use Seventh Generation dish soap to clean the pans.

photo: Candy Beauchamp

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Willheit
12/13/10
I make just as this recipe suggests, but also top it with some pats of butter and parmesan cheese. Heavenly!
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bets211
12/12/10
I saute my asparagus in olive oil, rosemary and minced garlic for 5 minutes, then cover and toss the whole pan in the broiler for about 15 minutes. YUM!
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judybee
12/11/10
I agree with Melissa. I, too, love asparagus but would hope that an organization that is putting out a newsletter about protecting and improving the environment should represent itself fully with this in mind. Listing a recipe for something not in season isn't helping to educate consumers in that direction. Eating things that come from a long distance encourages businesses to continue to generate a huge carbon footprint. It's these small ways that consumers (and 7th Generation) can help redirect businesses to be mindful of the environmental impact.
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SheBurns
12/09/10
I always bake it with whatever else is in the oven for dinner. Don't use exact recipes, sorry. I wash and cut the ends off the asparagus, then divide the bundle in half and spread each half out in a cooking spray coated baking pan with heads facing the middle (this prevents the heads from getting too well done). Sprinkle with onion powder, garlic powder, ground black pepper, dried chives, some paprika, then add a few dashes of a good soy sauce, a little wine (I use dry sherry and cabernet), a splash of balsamic vinegar and a spoon of olive oil or some butter. This is a very flexible dish and is nice with some herbs or cheese also. I use whatever is on hand at the time and it's always good. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until tender. Can be baked at other temps with adjusted cooking times.
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karob
12/09/10
My favorite way to cook asparagus is on the grill. Instead of using a knife, just "snap" the asparagus in two and it will break in the right place so you're left with the good tender pieces. Throw into a large mixing bowl and add a splash of olive oil, 1 clove of garlic minced, salt and pepper, and a good squeeze of lemon. If you're in a hurry use a grill basket, if not I prefer to place them directly on the grill on medium-high heat. Turn or stir every two minutes or so until they have grill marks on all sides (be careful not to burn the tender tops). Serve as-is or top with a bit more salt and lemon. Yum!
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chrisndan0202
12/09/10
when our family get together for the holidays, i always roast (as opposed to broil) a few sheet pans of mixed veggies: asparagus, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, pearl onions, cherry tomatoes, etc. splash on some balsamic vinegar with the olive oil! everyone can find something they like, even the kids!
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greening
12/09/10
I love Asparagus and if its in the store I will always buy it! It's the one vegetable that I'm guaranteed everyone in the family will eat. The more options I have to change up its presentation the better! Thanks for the recipe!
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lauraejudge
12/09/10
I logged on to the site just to leave a comment on seasonal eating and saw that Melissa had beat me to it! I completely agree with her - no where in the US is asparagus in season right now. If you are serious about leaving the world a better place for the 7th Generation, then eating asparagus in the middle of winter is not an option. Thank you for illustrating this point so well, Melissa! I love asparagus but will only eat it in the spring, when I can get it from my local farmers. Any asparagus in the stores right now is probably coming from South America.
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melissa83716
12/09/10
I don't know where you live, but here in Minnesota asparagus is only in season in the spring. If, like me, you are striving to become more conscious about your environmental choices, it is better to choose seasonal and local produce as possible. In the dead of winter, I sometimes buy non-seasonal produce that was shipped in, too. But wouldn't it be better to feature a recipe with something that's in season, such as winter squash, root vegetables, or heavy greens such as kale, and save the asparagus for spring?
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Joe Mac
11/14/10
I hate cooking, but since I want to eat and don't have the funds have others cook for me, I often get stuck making my own meals. If I see fresh asparagus in the store, I'll usually get some. Then I rinse it, cut it into about inch long bits (discarding the hard bottoms), and throw it in a frying pan with olive oil. A few minutes and a few shakes of the pan later- a delicious pile of asparagus ready to be eaten!