Oven roasted asparagus is an easy recipe perfect for summer entertaining.
We created this oven roasted asparagus recipe as part of our Canada Day Entertaining Guide. We have been to so many dinner parties where the host never leaves the kitchen.
We wanted to create a menu where most of the work is done a week leading up to the event so you can assemble for dinner and actually sit down and enjoy your friends.
This recipe has some components that may seem intimidating but are actually quite easy to make – and you can do it ahead of time. They are things that Dave has on the menu at Loka and they make things feel decadent.
Dave’s food always has a textural element, so there’s always something with a bit of crunch. In this case it’s puffed wild rice. However, if you are running low on time crush some pistachios and throw them on top.
How to Whip Ricotta
Place 500ml of ricotta in stand mixer with paddle attachment, add 2 tbsp heavy cream. Paddle on medium speed for 3 medium minutes. Keep chilled. Will last 1 week. Note you only need 350ml for this recipe so use the remaining as a spread.
How to Puff Wild Rice
This is very similar to the old school way of making popcorn. Place wild rice and canola oil in a cold, heavy bottom pot over medium heat. Cover with a lid and shake every few minutes and you will hear popping. Stop when you no longer hear rice popping, Put on baking sheet to cool.
This will last a month in an air tight container. If you don’t want to make this you can substitute pistachios for a bit of crunch.
Oven Roasted Asparagus
I love this oven roasted asparagus recipe because it shows that vegetarian dishes can be quite decadent and also satisfying. This is one of those recipes where friends will be impressed with the burnt honey, puffed wild rice and whipped ricotta.But these are all things you can make far in advance and store for future use.
We purposely served it in a baking pan, family style because the first time I had this I didn’t put it on a plate. I simply took a piece of sourdough bread and dug in. Sometimes the best food is the most rustic and this is one of those cases.
This recipe is part of our free Canada Day entertaining guide with a series of recipes and tips to help you host a dinner party where you don’t have to stay in the kitchen all night.
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