|Asparagus Parmesan Bake
1 lb. Asparagus, tough ends broken off
1 TBS olive oil
salt & freshly ground pepper
1-2 tsp. sweet Balsamico*
1 TBS chopped parsley or fresh snipped chives
1) Place dry asparagus spears in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Pour olive oil over asparagus spears and roll until evenly coated. Arrange in a single layer and season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper. Cover dish with foil and bake in a moderate oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until crisp / tender.
2) Slice slivers from a piece of Parmigiano-Reggiano over the asparagus. Return to the oven and continue roasting just until the cheese softens. Serve immediately sprinkled with parsley or snipped chives and a drizzle of sweet balsamic vinegar. 4 servings
* True Italian Balsamico is a sweet syrupy condiment. To make an imitation using common balsamic vinegar, simmer and reduce with brown sugar.