Prep 25 mins
Cook 25 mins
Warm from the oven, these crunchy asparagus spears make a tasty side dish or cocktail nibble. Before being coated in panko breadcrumbs they are rolled in a flavorful sesame-miso sauce that doubles as a simple dipping sauce. From Eatingwell.com
- cooking spray, preferably canola oil
- 1⁄3 cup mayonnaise
- 2 scallions, trimmed and finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons white miso
- 1 teaspoon chili-garlic sauce
- 1⁄2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
- 3⁄4 cup japanese-style panko breadcrumbs (see Notes)
- 1⁄4 cup sesame seeds
- Preheat oven to 450°F Line a baking sheet with foil; coat with cooking spray.
- Combine mayonnaise, scallions, miso, chile-garlic sauce and oil in a small bowl.
- Place asparagus in a shallow dish and toss with half the miso mixture (about 1/4 cup), making sure the asparagus is well coated.
- Combine panko and sesame seeds in another shallow dish. Working with one spear at a time, roll in the panko mixture and place on the prepared baking sheet, leaving a bit of room between each spear. Coat the prepared spears with cooking spray.
- Roast the asparagus until the coating is browned and crispy and the asparagus is tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve with the remaining miso mixture as a dipping sauce.
- TIPS & NOTES.
- Miso is fermented soybean paste made by inoculating a mixture of soybeans, salt and grains (usually barley or rice) with koji, a beneficial mold. Miso is undeniably salty, so a little goes a long way. White or sweet miso (Shiromiso), made with soy and rice, is yellow and milder in flavor; use for soup, salad dressings and sauces for fish or chicken. Look for it near tofu at well-stocked supermarkets.
- Although we typically use whole-wheat panko-style breadcrumbs, for this recipe we recommend using white, Japanese-style panko breadcrumbs for the best texture and flavor. Look for them in the Asian-food section of most supermarkets or near other breadcrumbs.