19 April, 2011

Roasted Green Asparagus

White asparagus is probably THE German classic spring vegetable that everyone is looking forward to after a long winter and that everyone is eating until they drop. It's locally grown and only available for a few weeks in April and May.
Now that we live in Dubai, white asparagus is quite expensive and flown in from Peru which is basically halfway round the globe from here. Green asparagus, however, is better available and the quality is more consistent. No matter if green or white, it is spring, and the German in me comes out and wants asparagus.
While the white asparagus is usually boiled, the green asparagus is best roasted. A little drizzle of olive oil, lemon juice and seasoning brings out the mild flavor best. Wrapped in some salty cured ham, doesn't only give a lovely contrast of red and green, but is an amazing flavor combination. It's so good, I seldomly have this as a side dish. I usually polish off the batch myself as a whole meal. That's how good it is. What makes it even better, that it is so easy and quick to prepare. Within 20 minutes you'll have this dish on the table. Bon Appetit.
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ROASTED GREEN  ASPARAGUS


1lb green asparagus spears (about 25 spears)
1 tablespoon olive oil + more for greasing
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
6 slices Serrano or Parma ham

Serves 4-6
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Preheat oven to 200C/400F. Lightly grease a large baking sheet.

In order to remove the tough parts of the asparagus, bend each spear until it breaks naturally. Discard lower ends. Spread asparagus onto baking sheet and toss in olive oil. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Toss again until well coated. Take 4 or 5 spears and wrap them in one slice of ham. Tighten ham with a small wooden stick (toothpicks work well). Repeat until all asparagus is used. Place the bundles back on the baking sheet. Roast in preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until cooked. Serve immediately.

12 comments:

  1. love love love the photographs! I wonder if I can sub in the ham for something else...maybe turkey bacon...?

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  2. mmm i loveeee green asparragus! Good white ones too!

    During the first few months of my pregnancy all i craved was grilled green asparragus!
    Enjoy while the season lasts! ;)

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  3. @ Arva
    I am sure it will work with turkey bacon too. In fact, it's something that I want to try. Will let you know the results.

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  4. Mmm, yesterday, I've made some green asparagus too, but only steamed.
    Today, I will make a batch of roasted vegetables and add some asparagus too. So divine!

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  5. The asparagus with the turkey bacon sounds great ! cant wait to try it :D

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  6. It's going to be a bit before we start getting local asparagus in Minnesota, but I can't wait! It's tied for my first-place veggie (with artichokes!)

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  7. A lovely asparagus recipe. This is my favorite veg of the season and just means that we don't have long till it is gone and have to eat lots. Thanks for the recipe to try.

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  8. It's coming up to asparagus season in the UK and I always get a bit homesick. We eat the green stuff and there is even an asparagus festival where men paint their legs green and go behind a screen to be judged!
    The simpler the better for me - just like this recipe. Also love it with a poached egg or hollandaise. Mmmmm.

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  9. Loving your styling for this asparagus dish Anja...Didn't realise the imported asparagus were expensive....I must admit I've never tried it!

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  10. Nice Recipe,

    I just read about growing your own aparagus so now I know what to make with it :)

    http://www.wascene.com/home-garden/grow-your-own-asparagus/

    Thanks,
    Jimmy

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  11. This is a lovely presentation and a great flavor combo. Can you grill it, or would the ham just fall to pieces?

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  12. Thanks for share this with us. Today I have to prepare a healthy recipe for a meeting with my friends and all of them are following a diet so I have to respect that.

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