Asparagus is special almost any way you serve it—raw, steamed, sautéed, grilled—but if I could only have it one way, it would be roasted. Its natural sweetness is enhanced when you slick it with organic butter, sprinkle it with sea salt and pepper, and roast in the oven it at high, even heat. It makes a wonderful side dish just like that, or can be showered with the likes of good cheese, mushrooms, and chopped tomatoes. Add Organic Prairie hardwood smoked ham or Organic Valley sunny-side-up eggs, and call it lunch or dinner.
1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Use your hands to spread the asparagus spears with melted butter. Spread spears out on the baking sheet (try to avoid letting them touch each other). Sprinkle with quartered cherry tomatoes and mushrooms, and season lightly with salt and pepper.
2. Roast until asparagus is barely tender—this could take as little as 6-8 minutes if the spears are thin, or twice as long if they are thick. (Go ahead and taste one to be sure.) Transfer the spears to a platter, sprinkle with cheese and serve immediately. (Alternatively, you can sprinkle the cheese on the spears while they’re still on the baking sheet, and then return them to the oven for a couple more minutes.)
Copyright by Terese Allen