Sunday, February 24, 2008

The secret to really good asparagus

I found this recipe at Simply Recipes , one of my favorite food blogs.
I must admit this recipe turned out REALLY well. I think the 2 keys are cook time and good ingredients.
1 bunch of medium sized asparagus, about 1 lb
2 Tbsp of good extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon lemon zest - freshly grated lemon rind
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 Prepare the asparagus by rinsing them thoroughly, break off any tough, white bottoms and discard. Cut into 1 to 2 inch sections, slicing the asparagus at a slight diagonal.
2 Fill a medium sized saucepan half way with water, bring to a boil. Add the asparagus and reduce heat slightly to a simmer. Parboil the asparagus for exactly 2 minutes. Drain the hot water. While the asparagus are still hot, toss them in a bowl with the olive oil, Parmesan, and lemon rind. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm or room temperature.

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