It's so easy to make this Garlic Roasted Asparagus recipe, you'll wonder why you ever made it any other way. As a kid I remember eating boiled asparagus, sloppy and chewy. It was not a pretty sight. This is not the asparagus from your childhood!
What does Asparagus taste like?
It's always hard to describe a taste of something, especially when it's so unique. Some people say it's quite earthy in flavor. Others say it tastes similar to broccoli, others say it's like beans. I think its a variation of all those things, especially the earth bit.
Random Asparagus Facts
According to Wikipedia, Asparagus is a vegetable that has been enjoyed since the Egyptian times, 3000 BC. They Egyptians used it as a medicine for its diuretic properties. The Egyptians even dried it for use in the winter. Dried asparagus sounds horrible to me. I'm glad we can buy it fresh year round. Some people think Asparagus is an aphrodisiac. It's native to Europe, but it grown and imported worldwide. China is the world largest exporter of Asparagus, and USA the biggest importer of it.
How To Roast Asparagus in the Oven
The roasting time will depend on the thickness of your asparagus spears. Try to choose asparagus spears that are the same thickness to ensure they cook evenly. When you cut the woody ends off the asparagus, save them and throw them into your next homemade soup stock. Roasting Asparagus in the oven is a tastier way to eat Asparagus. I have terrible memories from my childhood of stringy, mushy boiled Asparagus. Oven roasted is the only way to eat them!
This Oven Roasted Garlic Asparagus Recipe requires minimal effort and tastes delicious. You can omit the garlic if you don't like it, but garlic adds flavour and is incredibly healthy for you. Before serving, you can sprinkle parmesan cheese, or add an acid like the juice of a lemon or use balsamic vinegar. But I prefer this recipe exactly as is. It's such an easy Asparagus recipe!
Garlic Roasted Asparagus is such an easy side dish to make. Drizzle generously with Olive oil and toss with garlic pieces, the perfect side dish! Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!
Roasted Asparagus with Garlic
- 1 bunch of Asparagus
- 2 cloves garlic thinly sliced
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Maldon salt flakes
- Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F
- Cut the woody ends off the asparagus. Place asparagus and sliced garlic on a baking sheet. Drizzle generously with Olive oil and toss to coat.
- Spread the Asparagus and garlic evenly across the baking sheet and sprinkle with salt.
- Roast the asparagus for about 10 minutes until tender when pierced with a fork. Serve immediately.