Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Quick and Easy Recipe

TheNest.com is one of my favorite places to go to get fun advice, cool places to travel, and recipes! On one of my daliy visits I stumbled upon one called "Tosted Sesame Balsamic Asparagus" Sounds yummy right? It really is! I made this for my Husband and we absolutley loved it.

It only takes about 10 minutes and I recommend using fresh Aspargus from your local Farmers market, or grocery store. You can use the ready made asparagus, however, you wont get that "crunch."


2 teaspoons sesame oil

1 pound asparagus spears

2 teaspoons McCormick® Gourmet Collection Sesame Seed, Toasted

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

2 teaspoons sugar

2 teaspoons reduced sodium soy sauce

1/8 teaspoon McCormick® Gourmet Collection Red Pepper, Crushed


1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Spread sesame oil in foil-lined baking pan. Wash asparagus and break off stalks as far down as they snap easily, 1 to 2 inches from ends. Roll asparagus in sesame oil. Sprinkle with sesame seed. Arrange asparagus in single layer.

2. Roast in oven 10 minutes or until crisp tender.

3. Mix vinegar, sugar, soy sauce and red pepper in small bowl. Remove asparagus from oven; place on serving platter. Drizzle with soy sauce mixture

If you find that you want to simplify this recipe, or you just dont't like some of the ingredients; an alternative can be to take your asparagus and drizzle extra virgin olive oil over it. Place asparagus in a warm skillet, sprinkle a little sesame seed + salt + pepper on top and you have an even quicker version of the above!


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