Saturday, February 18, 2012

perfect asparagus

This is one of my favorite things to make when time is short or when I need a green vegetable to complete a meal.   It's simple and doesn't take much time or effort!

What you need...
Asparagus (make as much as you want to feed the number of people you'll be serving)
Lemon Pepper Seasoning
Olive Oil
Baking sheet (preferably with edges)
Aluminum foil (optional)

First...
Set your oven to 425°.

Then...
Rinse your asparagus with cool water.

*Helpful Hint: After you've rinsed your asparagus hold it near the end opposite the tip (the thicker end) and gently bend it in an arch until it snaps.  This will get rid of the thicker, stocky part leaving the rest of the tender asparagus for you to eat!
Before                                                       After

Next...
Line your baking sheet with the asparagus and then pour olive oil over it.
 















And then sprinkle the Lemon Pepper Seasoning over the top. 

















Finally...
Bake the asparagus in the hot oven for 7 to 10 minutes (depending on the amount of the asparagus).  Be careful not to let the oil or the asparagus tips burn!  You may want to turn the asparagus half way through the baking time.




Once they are done to your taste, add to your meal.  Personally, I like to leave them a bit undercooked so they remain crisp in the center.  The Lemon Pepper gives them a slightly tangy taste that is so good.  Enjoy!

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