Friday, March 29, 2013

Easy Tasty Asparagus

Do you like asparagus, but aren't exactly sure how to make it at home?  Here's a quick easy way that I make it.  The prep time is about five minutes.

Ingredients
1 Bunch Asparagus
1-2 Tbl Garlic Powder
1-2 Tbl Olive Oil
Olive Oil Spray
1/2-1 Cup Cheese (I used shredded white sharp cheddar.)
Freshly Ground Black Pepper to Taste
*Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. 
To start, rinse the asparagus in water, and then, cut about two inches off of the bottom ends.

 Spray a cookie sheet with olive oil spray.  You can use another cooking spray, but I think the olive oil has a nice flavor.  Spread the asparagus on the cookie sheet. I was using an older cookie sheet, so, I covered it in foil.  You don't have to do this.
Drizzle olive oil over the top of the asparagus. Shake on some garlic powder and ground pepper.  I use a lot of these two seasonings, because I love the flavors!  Use as much as you like.
Put in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.  425 is a really high temperature. If your oven cooks on the high side, watch them carefully so they don't burn. 
While the asparagus was cooking, I shredded some white sharp cheddar.  You can use whatever cheese you like. I happened to have this kind, and decided it would taste really good with asparagus!
When you can put a fork in the base of the asparagus pretty easily, it's done!  Take the asparagus off of the sheet and put on a microwave save serving plate.
Put the shredded cheese on top.  Microwave for about 45 seconds to melt the cheese.

This dish was ready in about 40 minutes after prep time and cook time.  We were baking our fish in the oven at the same time.  
This turned out to be a great and really tasty side dish to go with our fish we had for dinner.  I think it would go with a lot of different meals well!  If you're afraid of asparagus, I recommend trying it this way.  Besides, cheese makes everything taste good!



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