Monday, February 21, 2011

Roasted Asparagus with Citrus-Shallot Marinade

Need a quick and easy side dish?  I love asparagus!  It's good with just about every type of protein- fish, beef, chicken, seafood.  AND, it's almost always in season.  You can always find a good bunch of asparagus at the market.  This side dish came about because I had some asparagus I HAD to use, a few shallots and a big bowl of lemons that were gorgeous and sitting on my counter winking at me and voila!  Quick and easy side dish.

This version is so tasty and will amp up that typical pan sauteed version you're used to.

Housepitalities Roasted Asparagus with Citrus-Shallot Marinade

-1 bunch of Asparagus
-The juice of 1 Lemon
-1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
-1 small Shallot
-1 Garlic Clove
-Salt and Pepper


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Trim the ends (about 1 inch) off the Asparagus, rinse under cold water and spread out on a baking sheet.  In a small mixing bowl add the juice of 1 Lemon, Olive Oil and a few grinds of Salt and Pepper.  Dice the Shallot (finely) and add to the bowl.  Grate the Garlic into the bowl as well.  Mix well and pour over the Asparagus and toss lightly until all of the Asparagus are covered.  Let sit for about 15 minutes.

Bake for 12-15 minutes and serve!  Gorgeous, flavorful and light!  You will love the citrus flavor and the caramelized shallots give it a really complex twist.

Enjoy :) 


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