Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables, but its high cost often makes me leave it on the grocery shelf. Canned asparagus, while cheaper, is a crime against all vegetables. Typically, a good price for fresh asparagus might be $2.99 per pound. But last week, I found a major markdown -- fresh asparagus marked less than a buck.
O.K. It's hard to read, but that pacakge came home with me for 76 cents. Of course it was marked down because it was nearing its expiration. Nevermind that -- I took it home and cooked it that day. To cook fresh asparagus, wash and dry the stalks completely. Snap off the toughest part of the stem. I put mine on a baking sheet, sprinkled it with about 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Roast the asparagus at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes, stirring after about 5 minutes.
I love this quick and easy method, and I especially love finding a deal this great for something I enjoy!