As the psalmist said “wine to make them glad, olive oil to soothe their skin, and bread to give them strength”: Take a good ciabatta for dunking into the oil left in the pan.  Roasted asparagus makes a most excellent evening meal. Roasted garlic is not to be left out.  Add freshly squeezed lemon juice at serving.

asparagus spears
extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
1-2 garlic cloves, sliced
handful of toasted sesame seeds
salt and pepper to tasta
fresh lemon [optional]

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Wash and trim the asparagus ends.
  • Drizzle an ovenproof dish with olive oil.
  • Arrange the spears in the dish in a single layer. 
  • Scatter sliced garlic cloves on the top.
  • Scatter sesame seeds on top.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil once more.
  • Place in the oven for 15 minutes. Thick spears may take up to 20 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • Serve immediately.

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