Monday, March 12, 2012

Lemon Asparagus

We found bundles of skinny new asparagus at the store this week! This recipe is our winner for spring asparagus.  It’s so simple and fast, but feels special and fancy.  That’s our favorite type of recipe, after all.  Here’s our trick:

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Thin lemon slices arranged on a baking sheet.  Olive oil drizzled asparagus arranged in a layer over the top of the lemons.  Sprinkle with salt, broil for a few minutes.   Done!

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The lemons get a little charred, and waft their lemony vapors up into the asparagus as they roast. 

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The asparagus gets a little charred, too, during their quick trip under the broiler.  I especially love this treatment for the super skinny asparagus because their pointy tips get crispy and brown.  Oh and PS: our 2 year olds loved these!  And I quote “more green! more asparagarararasuss!”  Great liberties were taken with the pronunciation of the word asparagus.  We basked in the glow of toddlers gobbling vegetables of their own free will.

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Lemon Asparagus

  • One pound fresh asparagus
  • One lemon
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • sprinkle of salt

Thinly slice the lemon.  Arrange in one flat layer on a baking sheet.

Toss the asparagus with the olive oil until evenly coated.  Arrange asparagus over the lemon slices.  Sprinkle with salt.  Broil for approx 6 minutes (in our oven) or until asparagus spears get a few browned and crispy areas.

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  1. I'm dying here - Love asparagus - make it all the time. Can't wait to try this dish!!


  2. Girls, girls, GIRLS! You never disappoint! What a beautiful ode to spring. Love the recipe and the photos as always are spectacular.

  3. Thank you ladies! And Toni, now that we've finally met you in person I can totally picture you saying this. Love it! :)

  4. So easy and looks great! I'll have to try that. Thanks for the post.

  5. Yummm Looks amazing! And I love that it only takes a total of 15 minutes (or less)!

  6. Absolutely gorgeous...I cannot wait for fresh asparagus :)

  7. What a coincidence. I have some in the frig!

  8. This recipe is a savior! I love asparagus but I'm getting tired of my usual preparation. I'm gonna try it this next week!

    1. Hi Marvie! Let us know what you think! :)

  9. I'm making this tonight! Can't wait! I love broiled asparagus, and the lemon will just make it even better.

  10. I love asparagus! What beautiful photos. I just came across your site - now following via Google Reader

  11. So simple and so tasty! Thank you for the inspiration!

  12. Just made it tonight and it was so delicious! Thank you so much for your fantastic recipes.


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