What’s Up, Hungry People!
Easter is around the corner, and if you’re on the hunt for that perfect side dish, look no further. Today, we’re doing asparagus but with a touch of elegance—drizzled with a honey-goat cheese fusion that’s easy to whip up but makes you look like a culinary star.
Keeping it Crisp and Flavorful
I’ve always found plain asparagus to be a bit, well, boring. In this recipe, the asparagus stays mostly crisp, giving it that satisfying snap with each bite. And hey, I’m with you; I go pretty heavy on the salt and pepper too, so feel free to season generously. That’s how we keep things interesting.
Here’s What You Need
- Asparagus: The star of the dish, providing a crunchy and earthy base that’s rich in nutrients.
- Olive Oil: Acts as a coating for the asparagus, aiding in roasting and enhancing its natural flavor.
- Goat Cheese: Adds creaminess and tanginess, giving the dish a rich, layered texture.
- Honey: Sweetens the goat cheese, balancing its tanginess and adding a nuanced flavor to the asparagus.
- Salt & Pepper: The essential seasonings; salt amplifies flavor, while pepper adds a mild kick.
Just melt the goat cheese and whisk in the honey. Drizzle half over the asparagus and bake for 10 minutes, until the asparagus is sizzling and the goat cheese is just barely browning. Drizzle the rest of the honey and goat cheese over the cooked asparagus and eat! It’s really that simple.
The Final Step
After those 10 minutes are up, give your asparagus another drizzle with the remaining honey-goat cheese mixture. Yep, that’s it. You’re done!
Making Perfect Honey Goat Cheese Asparagus
- Oven Temperature: If your asparagus isn’t getting that slight crispiness you desire, try increasing the oven temperature to 375°F for better results.
- Cheese Consistency: If your goat cheese isn’t melting well, try adding a teaspoon of milk or olive oil to make it smoother.
- Honey Substitute: If you’re out of honey, maple syrup can serve as a good alternative, offering a different but equally pleasant sweetness.
- Seasoning: Feel free to experiment with additional seasonings like garlic powder or crushed red pepper flakes if you want a different flavor profile.
- Baking Sheet: To prevent sticking and make cleanup easier, consider lining your baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Taste Test: Don’t be shy; taste a small piece of asparagus after seasoning but before baking to make sure it’s seasoned to your liking.
- Serving Size: This recipe serves about 4. If you’re cooking for more, simply double the ingredients but be cautious about overcrowding the baking sheet.
- Leftovers: If you have any leftover honey-goat cheese drizzle, store it in an airtight container in the fridge. It pairs well with other vegetables or even as a dip!
And just like that, Hungry People, you’ve got yourself a side dish that’s anything but boring. It’s an easy yet elegant addition to your meal that will leave everyone asking for seconds. Enjoy and keep cooking up a storm!
Asparagus with Honey Goat Cheese Drizzle
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Drizzle the asparagus with olive oil and toss gently to coat. Generously season with salt and pepper to taste.
- In a small bowl, melt the goat cheese in the microwave for 30 seconds. Whisk in the honey until a smooth mixture has formed.
- Drizzle half of the honey-goat cheese mixture over the asparagus. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the asparagus is cooked to your liking.
- Pour the remaining goat cheese mixture over the asparagus. Serve immediately and enjoy!