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Oven-Roasted Asparagus and Leeks

If thick asparagus is unavailable, use thin spears, and adjust the cooking time; thin asparagus will cook faster.

Photography: MARIA ROBLEDO

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Ingredients

  • 6 medium leeks
  • 20 thick asparagus spears (about 1 pound)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Balsamic vinegar (optional)

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Trim each leek at the root end, making sure the stalk stays intact, then cut off the top where the green part begins. Cut leeks in half lengthwise. Immerse in a bowl of cold water to loosen any sand or grit. Rinse under cold running water, and pat dry.

  2. Step 2

    Heat oven to 400 degrees. Trim tough ends from asparagus. In a large bowl, combine asparagus and leeks. Drizzle olive oil over vegetables, and toss to coat. Add salt, and season with pepper; toss to combine.

  3. Step 3

    Place vegetables in a heavy roasting pan, and transfer to oven. Roast until vegetables start to turn brown and are fork tender, about 25 minutes. Remove pan from oven, and set on heat-proof surface until vegetables are cool enough to eat. When ready to serve, drizzle with balsamic vinegar, if desired.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, May 1998

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