Monday, August 3, 2009

Oven-Charred Asparagus with Cheese and Balsamic Vinegar

Oven-Charred Asparagus with Cheese and Balsamic Vinegar

4T balsamic vinegar
1 lb. asparagus, tough ends snapped off
1 T olive oil, plus extra for oiling the pan
1/2 t. lemon peel, finely grated
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 oz parmesan, asagio, or other firm cheese

In small saucepan, bring balsamic vinegar to a boil, adn boil until reduced by half (about 10 minutes). Set aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 500 degreese. Oil a heavy baking sheet or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place asparagus on thet baking sheet and drizzle with 1 T of olive oil, lemon peel, salt, and pepper. Toss with your hands to coat.

Roast, stirring occasionally, until crisp, tender, and lightly charred--about 12 minutes. Toss with balsamic reduction. Remove from oven and place on serving plate. Shave cheese over each plate with vegetable peeler and serve immediately.

Serves 4.

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