Roasted Asparagus with a Spring Herb Gremolata
2 tablespoons minced fresh Italian parsley
4 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup dried bread crumbs
1 pound asparagus, ends trimmed
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Mix parsley, lemon peel, garlic, and bread crumbs in small bowl; this is the gremolata. Set aside.
2. Toss asparagus with oil. Place on large cookie sheet and season with fresh ground black pepper and salt.
3. Roast until slightly softened and edges are starting to brown slightly, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with gremolata and roast 5 to 10 minutes more. Serve hot.
A gremolata is a chopped herb condiment added to foods to give a fresh flavor punch. In this recipe I have included dried breadcrumbs, which are not traditional in a gremolata, for a more homey and rustic feel.
Source of recipe: This is my own recipe also posted on my blog www.avegangoddess.com