I got this recipe from "Simple Vegetarian Pleasures" by Jeanne Lemlin. I LOVE asparagus and am always on the lookout for new ways to make it. This is such an easy and elegant way to serve it. The asparagus gets a slightly nutty flavor after roasting, which makes it even more yummy.
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Cut off the woody bottom part of the asparagus spears and discard.
- With a vegetable peeler, peel off the skin on the bottom 2-3 inches of the spears (this keeps the asparagus from being all "stringy" and if you eat asparagus you know what I mean by that).
- Place asparagus on foil-lined baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.
- Sprinkle with salt.
- With your hands, roll the asparagus around until they are evenly coated with oil and salt.
- Roast for 10-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of your stalks and how tender you like them.
- They should be tender when pierced with the tip of a knife.
- The tips of the spears will get very brown but watch them to prevent burning.
- They are great plain, but sometimes I serve them with a light vinaigrette if we need something acidic to balance out our meal.