Baked balsamic asparagus

So good, so easy, this dish may not even make it to the table, it's that finger licken' good!

Have I mentioned my slight obsession with vegetables? With options like Broccoli a la Catalan, Snap Peas with Mint and  Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Pomegranate Seeds how can I not be obsessed!  I would rather eat a plate of steamed veggies than a bag of chips any day. One of my absolute favorites is asparagus. My mom served it a lot growing up, and I have continued the trend of preparing a lot of it. In the summer I enjoy grilling it and in the winter I either steam or bake it. This baked recipe is incredible! It is a little bit embarrassing to admit that only a few stalks of it were set on our dinner table because I had already eaten most of it up. Oops.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Trim the ends off one bunch of asparagus and arrange on a baking sheet. Coat with cooking spray and season with salt and pepper.

Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. I always err on the side of crunchy vegetables, so I usually start checking them after about 8 minutes. There is nothing worse than a mouthful of green mushiness.

In a saucepan, melt 3 Tablespoons of butter over medium heat.

Remove from heat and stir in 1 Tablespoon of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar.

Place the baked asparagus in a serving dish and pour the contents of the saucepan over top.

Try your hardest not to pluck a stalk straight from the serving dish before setting it on the table.

Because if you do, this is what will be left for your family.

Baked Balsamic Asparagus

So good, so easy, this dish may not even make it to the table, it's that finger licken good!

Contributed by Megan Porta from pipandebby.com.

Published Nov 19, 2010

Serves: 4

Total time: 20 min

BakedBalsamicAsparagus

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • Cooking spray
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Arrange asparagus on a baking sheet. Coat with cooking spray and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.
  3. In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. Pour over baked asparagus.