Side - Oven Roasted Asparagus & Almonds

A totally different way to cook asparagus. Use the fat spears, not the skinny ones, for roasting. This is a quick and easy recipe for beautifully roasted, tender asparagus.

Ingredients

  • Extra-virgin olive oil  ·  2 tablespoons 
  • Garlic clove, thinly sliced  ·  1 
  • thick Asparagus, trimmed  ·  1 pound 
  • Salt  ·  ¼ teaspoon 
  • Black pepper, ground  ·  ¼ teaspoon 
  • Almonds, sliced and toasted  ·  ¼ cup 

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 425°.

On a baking sheet, toss the asparagus and garlic with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Roast in the center of the oven for about 18 minutes, until the asparagus is tender and charred in spots.

Transfer to a plate, top with toasted almonds and serve.

MAKING TOASTED ALMONDS

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Spread nuts in one layer on ungreased shallow baking pan.

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden.

Transfer to paper towels to cool

Be sure to purchase fresh almonds and not almonds that are"smoked" or"salted"- those are generally already roasted.

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