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Everything you need to know about asparagus! Roasted asparagus with Parmesan makes an easy vegetable side dish that the whole family will enjoy.
I remember the days that my kids didn’t want to venture away from any veggie other than canned green beans. Soon they tried our Italian green beans and then our Christmas green beans…and lately they haven’t minded when I serve up roasted asparagus.
The kids are growing up…and it shows in the veggies they eat. 🙂
If you aren’t used to working with fresh asparagus, today we’re showing you just how easy it is. Whether you are pulling fresh asparagus from your garden or you’re buying a bundle at the store, we’ll share how to get the BEST flavor that will go with just about any main dish.
Asparagus is low in calorie and low in carbs, making it a great choice when you have goals to eat a healthy, clean diet. Asparagus is high in Vitamins A, C and K, and also high in Fiber.
Yes! You should always, always wash vegetables before you cook them. Rinse under cool water.
You might assume that thinner asparagus spears would be more tender and therefore better to eat. According to Cook’s Illustrated (who does a lot of testing on different types of foods), thinner isn’t necessarily better! Thicker asparagus tend to be more tender because the vegetable’s fiber is more spread out. Thicker spears hold up to roasting and grilling better than thinner spears.
If you are stir-frying or steaming, choose thinner spears so that they cook faster.
You can eat the whole spear except for the woody stem towards the bottom. Hold the asparagus spear on each end firmly. Gently bend the asparagus so that it bows out away from you. Keep bending until the asparagus snaps. It will naturally snap so that the woody stem breaks off. Discard that part and eat the top part with the head on it.
There are 3 steps to baking asparagus.
It’s important not to overbake the asparagus. You do not want the asparagus soft and floppy. It should still be slightly crisp after roasting so watch it carefully! The exact timing will depend on the thickness of the asparagus spears.
Baked asparagus makes a great side dish to just about any main dish. We love it at Easter with honey baked ham. It’s excellent with grilled pork chops or grilled chicken. And it’s fantastic with roast beef!