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Balsamic Roasted Asparagus & Tomato with Blue Cheese: Easy Recipe

Balsamic Roasted Asparagus &Tomato with Blue Cheese
Roasted asparagus is one of my very favorite ways to eat my veggies. I wanted to step it up a bit this time and make it more into a meal, so I browsed around the Cooking Light website for a bit of inspiration, and found this recipe for Asparagus with Balsamic Tomatoes. The recipe was not quite what I had in mind, they blanched the asparagus, used goat cheese as a topping (I was in the mood for blue cheese) and due to the different cooking method I planned to use the dressing would differ.  Their version is lower in fat, if that is a priority for you, you may prefer theirs.  I personally wanted the fat there to make this more satisfying as a light vegetarian entree.
roasted asparagus

The crumbled blue cheese added a nice contrast to the dish, and elevated the simple roasted vegetables to a full fledged appetizer or light entree.

roasted tomatoes

The roasted tomatoes, onion, garlic and fresh thyme added both sweetness and a little tang from the tomato.  This would have made a nice topping for bruschetta or fish on it’s own.

roasted asparagus and tomatoes with blue cheese

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Balsamic Roasted Asparagus & Tomato with Blue Cheese: Easy Recipe
 
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Balsamic Roasted Asparagus & Tomato with Crumbled Blue Cheese: An easy recipe suited for appetizer or light vegetarian entree.
Ingredients
  • 1 standard bunch of asparagus
  • 2 Campari tomatoes (or equivalent quantity of other small tomato variety)
  • ⅓ cup sliced and quartered white onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbs fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 tbs olive oil (plus more for drizzling)
  • ½ tbs balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese
  • fresh ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cut off ends of asparagus removing any "woodiness". Quarter the tomatoes (if using cherry or grape varieties just cut in half).
  3. Put the asparagus, onion, garlic and thyme in a mixing bowl wide enough to accommodate the asparagus*
  4. Drizzle on the oil and vinegar & sprinkle on the salt. Mix to coat.
  5. Remove asparagus to roasting pan, then put tomatoes in bowl. Gently mix, just enough to coat, taking care not to break up tomatoes. Add them to roasting pan. Pour any juices left in bowl over the top.
  6. Roast for 10 minutes, then turn the vegetables, and roast an additional 5 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool a bit before plating.
  8. Sprinkle with blue cheese and drizzle a little olive oil on top, then finish with a few grinds of fresh pepper.
Notes
*Use plastic storage bag if you don't have appropriate size bowl.
*If preparing for those on gluten-free diet, check the blue cheese labeling, artisinal brands often start the mold in the traditional method using bread. Look for gluten-free brand or swap with crumbled feta, Romano or goat cheese.

 

Comments

  1. says

    That looks great, I would probably replace the blue cheese with feta but love the roasted asparagus

  2. says

    My family loves asparagus. I’ll have to try this recipe!

  3. says

    I have never been able to get into asparagus, but maybe it is time for me to give it a try again.

  4. says

    This sounds so good. I have everything to make it as well. So making this soon!

  5. Gaynor says

    This recipe looks amazing, since I love asparagus. However, to make the recipe gluten free you should use goat’s cheese or feta as suggested by others. Apparently blue-vein cheese is regrettably not gluten free.

    • Robin Gagnon says

      Actually most commercially produced blue cheeses today are gluten-free, but you are certainly correct that blue cheese produced by traditional methods using bread as a mold starter would contain trace amounts of gluten and this should be noted.

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