Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Roasted Asparagus w/ Lemon

 Sometimes, the easiest of dishes are the most delicious don't you agree?  To me; a side dish can make or break a grand entree.  
For example, picture a succulent, cooked to perfection rib roast served along with soupy mashed potatoes and over cooked peas.  
You will not remember the rib roast, what you will remember however, is the soupy mashed potatoes and over cooked peas!

Does that make sense?  Sides rule!
These asparagus are nicely roasted with olive oil, sea salt, lemon zest, garlic and pepper.
They have just a few simple ingredients as to not take away from the subtle yet fresh flavor of the asparagus.
Grand enough to bring to a holiday table, and easy enough to make for a weeknight side as well.

Ready for the recipe?  Here we go;

Prep time:  10 minutes
Bake time: 25-30 minutes
Yield: 6 

2lbs asparagus, trimmed
Zest of 2 lemons
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
2 large garlic loves, finely diced
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
4 tbsp (1/4 cup) olive oil
1 cup Fontina cheese, grated and divided in half

-Preheat oven to 400F. (200C)

-Break the tough ends of the asparagus and if they are thick, peel them.

- Place the asparagus on a baking sheet, drizzle with the olive oil and garlic.  Toss to coat the asparagus completely with the olive oil.

-Sprinkle the dried seasonings and garlic over the asparagus along with the zest of 1 lemon.  

-Roast the asparagus for 25 - 30 minutes until tender, but still crisp.

-Remove half of the asparagus into a serving bowl.  Sprinkle with 1/2 of the grated cheese and half of the  lemon zest.
Add the remaining asparagus to the bowl, top with the remaining cheese and lemon zest. 

Layering the cheese and lemon zest ensures that the entire dish is bursting with citrus and cheese flavor!
Bring to the table and enjoy!  Easy, bursting with color and delicious!

Till next time!

Dishin with Didi


  1. One of my favorite combinations Didi, is asparagus and lemon! Now add that Fontina cheese??? Over the top! Yum! This is a side dish to remember because it is GORGEOUS!

    1. What I love is the ease my Kecia! You know, working moms and all! ♥

  2. This looks wonderful, Didi!!! LOVE fontina!!! :D

  3. Roasted asparagus is so easy and the flavor so good, there is no reason not to have this dish in everyone's repertoire…I know I do.

    1. I agree whole heartedly Karen!! Thank you my friend! ♥

  4. I love that you chose Fontina. One of my favorite nibbling cheeses! Beautiful dish.

    1. Thank you Mimi! That means the world to me coming from you! Fontina as you know is such a beautifully melting cheese and subtle enough in flavor to enhance but not over power!

  5. OOOOh Girlfriend!! Asparagus are one of my favorite veggies...hubbie not so much. So I always have to fight with him when I want to serve them. But wait till he tastes your dish! The fontina cheese alone will put it over the top! Well done my friend and a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your wonderful family!

    1. Hubby is the same way Linda, that is why I try and add flavor, flavor, flavor, lol
      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your wonderful family as well my sweet friend!

  6. Up until a few years ago I haven't tried asparagus as I was repelled from their looks. I was such a stupid. Now i love them and roasted are even better! Filakia polla!!!

    1. Sometimes we have to try just once right my friend?

  7. I love roasting asparagus and you have certainly added to their goodness with your recipe.