This is a recipe adapted from Martha Stewart Living. Please, don't judge me. I only read it for the articles. I swear!
My Littles like to eat asparagus wrapped in bacon. They'd eat anything wrapped in bacon, but I digress. This is the only other way I have ever gotten my Littles to eat asparagus and I think that's sayin' a lot. I have served this with fish and pork, but I think it would make a good side for chicken and beef as well. The addition of a little hot sauce gives this just the right amount of kick.
You'll need the following ingredients to make enough asparagus to serve 5 to 6:
2 pounds asparagus
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup panko
the juice from half a lemon
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place asparagus on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and hot sauce. Roast for about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, melt the butter in over medium heat in a skillet. Add the panko and stir constantly until the crumbs are a deep brown color. Maybe 8 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice.
Place roasted asparagus on a platter and top with breadcrumbs.
Even without bacon, you get that YUM.