I spent the majority of my life convinced that I didn’t like asparagus.
36 years, to be exact.
I never realized that the whole problem was that I’d just never had them cooked properly until last year, when I was served some at a restaurant. They looked appealing, so I hesitantly hazarded a nibble. And then a bite. And then I scarfed down the lot of them.
Before then, I thought of asparagus as these limp, gray-green, stinky, bitter things. I’d always been served them when they’d been cooked to death – steamed or boiled for an eternity. Once I was served asparagus that had been boiled for 10 minutes, and then kept warm in an oven (thereby cooking them even more) for an hour!!! I can’t even get one bite down when they’re cooked like that.
But cooked like this? All tender, and bright green, and crisp, and sweet, with flavors of garlic and lemon and parmesan? They’re heaven. Absolute heaven.
Asparagus is now my favorite vegetable. As long as they’re cooked right. And I’m not really crazy about vegetables in particular! I make myself eat them because I know they’re good for me, but they don’t really float my boat, you know? But THESE…these things I could eat all day. I have some and immediately want more. I can’t get enough of them!
And that’s not it! My entire family feels the same way…EVEN THE KIDS. When I serve these, we all fight over who gets to finish them off. I am not lying. MY KIDS FIGHT OVER THE ASPARAGUS!! This is how good this recipe is.
They’re simple and ready in just 5 minutes!