Hello everyone! I just returned from a weekend in New York City, and I can’t wait to share all of my culinary adventures. I’ll write a long post on that in a few days, but for now I just have to tell you about my newest experiment in the kitchen.
Asparagus can take on different flavors depending on how it’s cooked. I learned this while reading one of my favorite cookbooks, Jamie at Home by Jamie Oliver. Grilling or roasting asparagus brings out a nutty flavor while boiling or steaming asparagus brings out a sweeter flavor. Either way, asparagus is nutritious and worth using as an ingredient in a main dish or as a side dish.
My Mom began roasting asparagus many years ago, and this is how I prefer my asparagus cooked. She would put the roasted asparagus at the middle of the dinner table, and I would usually eat three-quarters of them before I knew it. The recipe is simple: olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. While that simplicity works perfectly, I wanted to try something new to jazz up the asparagus. In my spice stash I found the answer: smoked paprika. Just a little goes a long way to enhance the nuttiness of the asparagus and add that punch of smokiness.
Roasted Asparagus with Smoked Paprika
- One bunch of fresh asparagus
- olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Wash the bunch of asparagus thoroughly in a colander.
2. There is a woody portion of asparagus on the bottom that is usually whiter in color. You can either chop this off or snap it off with your hands. The asparagus will naturally snap off where the woodier part ends.
3. Put the asparagus in a pyrex pan (as large as you need, I usually cook with a 13 x 9 pan).
4. Drizzle enough olive oil on the asparagus to cover each stalk completely.
5. It’s time for your spices – add salt, pepper, garlic powder, and smoked paprika. I recommend La Chinata smoked paprika. I put approximate measurements in the recipe, but this is a dish where you can add more or less spice depending on your tastes.
6. Take a spoon or spatula and mix the asparagus in the pan so every stalk is fully covered in spices and oil.
7. Put the asparagus in the oven and roast for 20-25 minutes or until it reaches desired tenderness.
Simple, easy to make, and incredibly flavorful. What more could you want?