Wednesday, July 2, 2008

WFMW - Perfect, and Perfectly Simple, Asparagus

It's another "five ingredients or less" WFMW at Rocks in My Dryer this week, so what better to share than this amazing, and amazingly simple, asparagus recipe. It was so good that half the dish never even made it to the table! My husband and I couldn't keep our hands off it and devoured the lion's share straight out of the bowl while I finished cooking dinner. Even better, it can be served either warm or at room temperature, so there's no last minute rush.
Since this dish is so simple it's worth using the very best quality ingredients you can find.
1 bunch of very fresh asparagus
2 Tbl freshly grated parmesan cheese
2 Tbl high quality olive oil
2 tsp lemon zest
salt and pepper to taste (preferably sea salt and freshly ground pepper)
  1. Put up a pot of water to boil.
  2. Wash asparagus and snap off the tougher bottom bit of the stalk. Don't worry, it will break naturally at the right spot.
  3. Cut into 2-inch (5cm) pieces.
  4. Boil for just two minutes.
  5. Toss cooked asparagus with all the other ingredients.
  6. Try not to eat it all before you sit down to dinner.
That's it. Couldn't be easier.
Tip: Store fresh asparagus upright in the fridge in a container of water to keep them fresher longer.
I don't remember where I came across this recipe, but if anyone out there does let me know and I'll be happy to give credit where it's due. The photo is mine - those very asparagus are going to be prepared this way and consumed very soon. Tonight for dinner, or if I can't help myself this afternoon for my lunch - where I will scarf them all down by myself without having to share. So there!


Robert said...

We love love love asparagus around here so you can be certain we will give this one a try. Thanks for sharing it! I love your added step #6! I hope you're continuing to have better and better days. :)

Rhonda Gales said...

I love asparagus. I'm going to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Claremont First Ward said...

And tastes heavenly. I love making asparagus this way. My FAV vegetable for sure.

Raven said...

Gorgeous photo. And I love your commentary. I haven't had asparagus in ages. This makes me crave it.

Shannon said...

Sounds absolutely delicious! I usually roast my asparagus in the very same ingredients. I am going to try blanching them now. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Lovely photo.

This is my favorite vegetable too. When I blanch my asparagus I squeeze it with fresh lemon juice and season it with s&p.
I'll have to try it this way, I love parm chz and some EVOO!!

Michie said...

We just bought some asparagus tonight at the request of my roommate, and I wasn't sure what to do with it. I'll have to give this a shot! Thanks!