Saturday, June 20, 2009

garlic roasted asparagus

i love my cast iron grill pan. it puts those fun grill marks on sandwiches, roasted vegetables, and anything in between. i've had it for a little over a year, and it has become one of my favourite cookware pieces. the recipe here is one of the multitude of ways i cooked my 28 pounds of asparagus.

  • 1 pound asparagus
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
cut the woody ends off asparagus, and marinate the edible ends in olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes. if you are sensitive to heat, you might choose to use less pepper flakes. on the other hand, if you are a heat fiend, sub chili oil for the olive oil. place a cast iron grill pan in the oven, and preheat to 425°f. preheating the cast iron not only provides a lovely satisfying sizzle, but helps keep things from sticking (and cleanup much easier!). once heated, pull the skillet out and place your asparagus lengthwise in the pan. bake the asparagus at 425°f for at least 25 minutes, flipping once or twice to get nice grill marks on all sides of the stalks.

when the asparagus starts to develop brown roasting spots, it is done. i've roasted anywhere between 25-40 minutes before, depending on desired tenderness.

16 comments:

Mihl said...

Every vegetable grilled with garlic is awesome, but I'd probably always choose the asparagus first. Looks delicious.smsiora

Eddie G said...

Mmm :P

Jeni Treehugger said...

Ooooh yum yum yum! I had Asparagus roasted with garlic last night! YEAH!

Mrs. Mandy said...

Love grilled asparagus! Question for you. I would like to start baking vegan style w/out refined sugar. Do you have any recommendations for a good place to start?

Thank you!

xoxo

5 Star Foodie said...

Great idea to cook asparagus on a grill pan! Sounds delicious with garlicky flavor!

iRaw said...

Mmm, grilled veggies are so very good! Your asparagus looks delicious.

veggievixen said...

augh, roasted asparagus is my FAVORITE! especially with garlic :)

East Village Vegan said...

That's such a great tip to preheat the pan! Also, I've never used the pan in the oven always on the stove. Hopefully when I try it, I'll get those nice grill marks too:)

shellyfish said...

I loooooove asparagus - one of my faves! Oh yea, and garlic!

Sal said...

roasted asparagus is my favourite way to cook it - love it!! i love the idea of adding chilli flakes

jessy said...

hoooooooooooray for garlic roasted asparagus, miss v! WOWZERS - it looks so darn delicious! i think i need to look into getting a cast iron grill skillet! w00t!

Usha said...

Ooo this sounds so healthy and flavorful !

Lauren said...

I love asparagus, especially in the summer! :)

Jen aka Jewbacca said...

hmmmm. i think i shall do this with the 1lb. of asparagus that we have.

Gina said...

I got a cast iron grill pan with my cookware set for my wedding and while we were in Hawaii (and it was in my possession, I NEVER used it). Now I know more about food and cooking, I SO want it, but its now in transit.

Asparagus = yum!

Adam said...

Don't you think that grill marks just make something better? It makes like a 'yup I'm a tough guy' look to it...

or not. But that's what I'm sticking with :)

How many pounds are left? I'm guessing 10.