Friday, May 20, 2011

Garden to Table Challenge - roasted asparagus with shaved Parmesan

After five or six years of keeping the faith, there is finally enough asparagus to warrant the energy to cook it. The spears, purple upon harvesting, green up while roasting in an oven with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle of salt and pepper. To serve, they're drizzled with balsamic vinegar and garnished with shaved Parmesan. It was quite nice served this simple and elegant way!

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  1. I've only had my asparagus plants for a year. You're telling me that I have 4 more years to wait to get a decent harvest? LOL. Damn!

  2. I am still dreaming of owning asparagus plants. Nice!

  3. Still haven't made the commitment to asparagus, but a trip to the farmers market is in order so we can try this method...sounds yummy.

  4. Yummers! I just saw my first spear come above soil!! I have faith it will be sooner than 6 years. I will not wait for mine to grow before trying your way though!

  5. Yummy!! I would love to grow asparagus but I already know I have no patience to wait 4-6 years! LOL! Looks delicious Wendy!!

  6. I like most vegetables, but I've not yet convinced myself to like asparagus :(

    The best asparagus dish I ever had was on a dim sum cart. I wish I knew how they made it, but I know it involved a lot of garlic. :)

    But I also really like Parmesan, and roasted vegetables in general, so your recipe sounds like another way to ease into asparagus.

  7. I roast everything nowadays. I even did green beans, it was like candy.
    I bet your asparagus was so tasty! How long did it take you to get it established? I wish I would have planted some years ago so I could enjoy it now. I planted some but it was not in a good place so it didn't thrive.

  8. Great post! A truly successful garden will be one you enjoy being in so make sure there are plenty of plants you love in your garden.


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