Asparagus Steamed in a Paper Bag Serves 4 1 pound...

November 29, 2006

Asparagus Steamed in a Paper Bag

Serves 4

1 pound medium asparagus, tough ends trimmed

extra-virgin olive oil

sea salt and cracked pepper

1/2 lemon, sliced paper-thin

1 bay leaf

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and arrange an oven rack in the middle of the oven. Get yourself a paper bag large enough to hold the asparagus comfortably.

Throw the asparagus in there and drizzle the outside of the bag with olive oil to keep the bag from burning. Sprinkle the asparagus with sea salt and cracked pepper and toss in the lemon slices and bay leaf.

Close the bag, folding it over several times and creasing the folds well to hold in the steam. Put the bag on a baking sheet, drizzle it with more olive oil, stick it in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

Take the baking sheet out of the oven and set it on top of the stove. Set a serving plate next to the baking sheet.

Using a kitchen towel or a pair of tongs, raise the bag over the plate, open the bag and slide the asparagus out onto the plate. Remove bay leaf. Drizzle with a little more olive oil and serve hot.

From "Tyler's Ultimate"

Per serving: 54 calories, 3 grams protein, 4 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 5 grams carbohydrate, 2 grams fiber, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 2 milligrams sodium

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