Sunday, July 31, 2011

Parmesan Roasted Asparagus ****

My 5-year-old (almost 6, OMG!) has been begging me to make this again ever since the last time.  That was back in April, so he was getting pretty peeved.  With my oven being out of commission for 2 months, I never got a chance to do them for him.  So, since we got the new oven in last week, I made them for him again tonight.  I kid you not, my kids actually FIGHT over these things.  They're nothing really special, but for some reason, the kids are just crazy about them.  Of course, they also think it's hilarious that asparagus makes their pee smell funny, but what can I say?  Whatever gets them to eat their veggies, right? ;-)

(Reagan ~ Recipes Made My Way)

1 lb medium stalk Asparagus
abt. 1 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sea Salt
1/4 cup Bread Crumbs
Fresh Parmesan for Grating (I just used dried parm. and I'm sure it would be a lot better with fresh!)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees with a rack set in the middle. Rinse and pat dry the asparagus. One spear at a time, snap off the bottoms of each stalk where it wants to break naturally. Lay the asparagus on a sheet pan with just enough extra virgin olive oil to coat and a generous pinch of salt; toss to coat. Sprinkle the bread crumbs evenly across the spears and put the tray in the oven to toast for 7-10 minutes, when the bread crumbs are golden brown. Grate Parmesan over the asparagus.

Previous reviews:
4/6/11 ~ I'll start by saying that my kids are not huge veggie fans. I can get them to eat veggies, but it's always with the knowledge that there's going to be a lot of whining involved. From the kids too. Ha! Seriously, though, spinach is about the only veggie that they continually will eat without much complaint. When I told them we were having asparagus with dinner tonight, I got the typical moans and groans. The end result was that both kids ate two helpings, and my extremely picky 5-year-old actually tried to go back for thirds! Hubby wasn't home to eat with us, so I was saving some for him. Out of the entire bunch of asparagus, hubby and I got 5 stalks each. The kids devoured the rest. The only way I could convince my youngest not to eat the 5 I was saving for hubby was to promise to make it again this weekend. Seriously. I am still in shock. Needless to say, we will be making this one many, many, many times!

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