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Roasted Asparagus with Herby Buttermilk Sauce – Recipe!

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Nothing says “spring” like asparagus.  These deep green stalks mostly slender, but sometimes not – with a creamy, but slightly astringent taste become perfection after roasting.  Steaming asparagus are nice as well, but there’s something to roasting them that brings out their true character.  Asparagus stalks become wilted a bit and sweeten up in the most pleasant way, sort of like an aging grape on a vine.

The process of roasting asparagus is as simple as tossing them with a touch of olive oil and placing them in a hot oven.  Some juice from half a lemon or lime is great upon exiting the oven because it soaks into the outer layer like a sponge and brings a nice acidity to the vegetable.

As for the sauce, don’t forget the sauce!  A quick puree of fresh herbs mixed with mayonnaise and buttermilk take this already pleasant dish to a new place.   A spoonful of this stuff over hot steamy asparagus and you have yourself a great plate of springtime elegance.

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Ingredients

1 pound asparagus, bottom 1/4 cut-offs

1/2 lemon

olive oil

salt & pepper

Buttermilk Sauce

2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves

1 tablespoon fresh chives, minced

2 heaping tablespoons mayonnaise

1/4 cup buttermilk

pinch of salt & pepper

(Serves 4)

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To Prepare:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Toss asparagus with 1 tablespoon olive oil and place on a sheet pan.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast in oven for 18-20 minutes, or until fork tender.
  2. While asparagus is roasting – in a food processor add herbs.  Pulse until finely chopped.  Add mayonnaise, buttermilk, salt and pepper and pulse until combined.  Place sauce in a small bowl.
  3. Remove asparagus from oven and squeeze lemon juice over top.  Place asparagus on a plate and spoon sauce over top.  Enjoy!

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