Monday, March 29, 2010

Lemon & Herb Roasted Asparagus for Passover or Easter

Here's a simple side dish recipe that's appropriate for Passover, Easter, or any spring dinner. The roasting brings out a much richer flavor than merely steaming the asparagus. The quantities are flexible and are determined by the number of folks you need to feed. There are still a few bottles of Nando's Lemon & Herb Peri-Peri Grinder available from the Carolina Sauce Company. Otherwise, you can substitute Kosher salt and your favorite lemon-pepper herb blend seasoning.

1 to 2 lbs fresh asparagus
olive oil
Nando's Lemon & Herb Peri Peri Grind or other lemon-pepper blend seasoning
Opt: Kosher salt (I omit if using the Nando's grind or other seasoning containing salt)

Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Wash and pat dry the asparagus, and trim off the thick end (I do this by breaking it off towards the bottom where it starts getting tough - it should break easily at that part if using very fresh asparagus). Place the asparagus in a resealable plastic bag and drizzle in just enough olive oil to be able to coat the asparagus lightly when you seal and shake the bag. For ease of cleanup, cover your baking sheet with a piece of aluminum foil, or use a nonstick baking sheet. Spread the asparagus in a single layer on the pan, then sprinkle with the Nando's grind (or other seasoning) and Kosher salt (if using). Roast the seasoned asparagus at 400F degrees for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until bright green and tender, being careful not to overcook.

Zestfully yours,

P.S.: Nando's Peri-Peri Grinder is a Kosher certified product. For additional delicious Kosher products, check out the Kosher seasonings & sauces available from Carolina Sauce.

P.P.S.: For a non-citrus, "herbalicious" alternative, replace the Nando's or other lemon-pepper herb seasoning with Big Daddy's Superb Herb Seasoning and Kosher salt

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