Lemon-Garlic Asparagus with Roasted Red Peppers

May 1, 2009

 

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Oh boy! My asparagus patch is starting to produce those first tender, luscious spears. On the rare occasion that I make it back to my kitchen without eating my entire harvest, I like to prepare this simple dish. It’s perfect for tapas, appetizers, or the first course of a special Mother’s Day luncheon.

LEMON-GARLIC ASPARAGUS WITH ROASTED RED PEPPERS

Parmesan is the traditional pairing with asparagus dishes such as this, but when I shot this photo I only had sharp smoked cheddar on hand. It was a delicious alternative and seemed to enhance the earthy goodness of the young asparagus.

INGREDIENTS

(4 Servings)

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 large garlic clove

1 ½ pounds fresh asparagus

3 ounces drained jarred roasted red peppers, cut into thin strips (about ½ cup)

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

1/3 cup shaved Parmesan

DIRECTIONS

 

  1. Smash the garlic clove with the side of a knife to release its essence. Remove peel and place it in a small bowl with the olive oil. Let it sit for at least 1 hour. Remove the garlic and discard.
  2. Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the asparagus and blanch just until bright green and tender, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Drain and place under cold running water to prevent further cooking. Pat dry. Cut the tip of each spear into a 3 to 4 inch length. (Save remaining pieces for snacking.)
  3. Toss the asparagus and roasted red pepper strips with the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Divide among 4 small plates, garnish with the shaved Parmesan and serve. 

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