Asparagus with Roasted Garlic Sauce

by on May 22, 2006
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In my opinion, roasted garlic is one of those miraculous foods that make almost anything taste decadent. Not that asparagus needs much help; it’s a miracle food in its own right and doesn’t need gaudy embellishments, so a tangy hint of lemon combined with the mellow taste of roasted garlic is really the perfect complement for crisp yet tender spears of asparagus.

Roasting garlic mellows the flavor, so if you’re not a fresh garlic fan, you may discover you like the taste of roasted garlic. If you’ve never roasted garlic before, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is. I find that a toaster oven works beautifully without heating up the entire kitchen. Start with a head or two of garlic. Use a sharp knife to cut about 1/2 inch off the top (pointy end) of the head. Place it cut-side up in a oven-proof dish about the same size as the garlic:

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Brush or spray the cut surface with a little olive oil, and sprinkle it with salt and pepper, if you want. Cover it tightly with foil, and place it in a 400F oven. Bake it for 30 minutes, remove the cover, and bake for about 15 more–you will see the cloves begin to rise out of their paper a little. Allow it to cool, and squeeze, scrape, peel, or otherwise coax the roasted garlic out of the skin. You’re now ready to use it in a recipe or just spread it on a slice of good, toasted bread. Mmmmm. (Sorry, it’s that good!)

Asparagus with Roasted Garlic Sauce

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1 Marthe May 14, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Made these today, they were absolutely delicious!!

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2 Azahara December 28, 2010 at 7:24 am

What a great idea! As you say, asparagus are delicious by themselves, but this sauce gives them more oomph.

Thanks!

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3 Shantelb70 February 8, 2013 at 3:14 pm

This will be my first time making asparagus. I love garlic in any form so I figured this recipe would be good to start with. Making it tonight for dinner. Thank you.

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4 Shantelb70 February 8, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Great recipe. I really enjoyed the asparagus.

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