Friday, June 19, 2015

Cooking and Entertaining: Paper Bag Asparagus

paper bag asparagus

Asparagus is one of those vegetables I started eating only a few years ago.  I used to think its flavor was too strong, but now I’ve grown to like it.  I generally grill asparagus, but steaming it in a paper bag is a nice change and steaming allows the asparagus to be served on the crisper side.

Bon Appetit!

just a few simple ingredients
ready to go into the bag

spread the oil all over the top of the bag

Paper Bag Asparagus

1  bunch asparagus
1  Tbsp. & 1 tsp olive
1  lemon, sliced
5-6  bay leaves
1/2 tsp.  salt
1/4 tsp.  pepper

Preheat the oven to 425°F.  Wash and dry the asparagus and snap off the woody ends.  Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Place half of the lemon slices and bay leaves under the asparagus and top with remaining lemon and bay leaves.  Place the entire bundle in a clean lunch-sized paper bag and fold under the end of the bag.  Drizzle the paper bag with remaining the olive oil.  Bake for 9-10 minutes, or until the asparagus is tender-crisp.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

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