I love asparagus, but my significant other, not so much.
So, when I was dying to have it as a side dish recently alongside a hunk of burning (ie, grilled) meat, he was kind enough to say he’d make it for ME, and could we please have a salad, too?
Well, I decided to try to change his mind about asparagus. While I generally just steam it, this roasted version is amazing.
Of course, what’s not to like about a dish with cheese and bacon, when it comes right down to it? Don’t overcook these veggies; the asparagus should still be crisp-tender when it comes out of the oven.
You can always prepare this in advance, and roast the asparagus while the meat is grilling.
Date Night Asiago Asparagus
1 1/2 lbs asparagus, trimmed
2 Tbs olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup Asiago cheese, grated
4 slices bacon, cooked, drained of fat and chopped
Preheat oven to 425° F. Place asparagus in a large, greased casserole dish. Toss with olive oil, and then sprinkle with salt, pepper and minced garlic. Toss to coat thoroughly. Roast, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven. Sprinkle half of grated cheese all over asparagus. Then, add chopped bacon, and top with more cheese. Roast for 10 more minutes.
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 454, Calories from Fat: 318, Fat: 35 g (15 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 82 mg, Sodium: 1347 mg, Carbohydrates: 8 g, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 29 g.
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