I just discovered the most amazing new… food? Dish? Flavor? Technique?Not sure what you would call it, but I am sending serious gratitude over to Lori at The Recipe Girl all the same.
She featured them a day or 2 ago in a dish with chicken and olives.I was immediately intrigued, but my dislike of olives is strong enough that I figured I needed to find a different way to use them.
Enter the farmers’ market.While there on Saturday I picked up asparagus and spring onions.In the meantime, I hauled out some frozen beef tenderloin we had leftover (uncooked—the cut was too big) from Christmas, and I made a potato gratin.The gratin needs serious work, the beef was really, really good but nothing very interesting (pan seared), so I am not going to bother sharing them, but the vegetable dish was spectacular.
If, like me, you really like lemon but frequently find it just a little too acidic on its own—but don’t want to weigh it down with butter or oil—you must try roasting lemons the next time you roast veggies.It was THAT GOOD.Deeper, richer, more lemony and yet less acidic, it is a party in your mouth.I swear.And best of all, since it is all roasted together, there is no separate sauce to make.
Roasted Asparagus & Spring Onions with Roasted Lemons and Asiago Shavings
1-2 lemons, sliced
Olive oil, sea salt and pepper
Asiago cheese, shredded
Clean and dry the asparagus and onions.Lay them out on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.Roll them in the olive oil, coating them on all sides.Sprinkle salt and pepper over them.Place lemon slices all around them and on top of them.Roast at 400-450 for 10-25 minutes, depending on thickness of veggies and what else you might have going on in the oven (and depending on how dark you want them—I was coordinating with other dishes so mine did not get as dark as they normally would).Turn them halfway through.
Before serving, sprinkle with Asiago shavings and be sure to drizzle with any accumulated juices on the pan.Warn your husband that the lemon slices are not yellow squash so that he will enjoy the lemon rather than getting a somewhat sour surprise.