Baked Parmesan Crusted Asparagus Spears covered in the flavors you get from the Parmesan cheese and crunchy texture from the panko breadcrumbs can not only make dinner time interesting, but it can actually be a great snack as well!
Asparagus is one of my favorite spring vegetables, and of course, enjoying them roasted with a drizzle of butter and a sprinkle of salt would suffice --- but, why not kick it up a notch? So, today I'm sharing my Parmesan Crusted Asparagus Spears.
The recipe only takes a few steps and a majority of the effort is in preparing your asparagus for the egg bath.
But first, let discuss the "anatomy" of an asparagus spear. The top 3–4 inches of an asparagus spear is the most tender part. As you make your way down the stalk, the texture changes somewhat --- tender quickly changes to woody and tough.
And while most of the tender asparagus is edible, the ends are not so appealing. Plan to cut around 2-3 inches from the bottom of the stalk. Once removed, only juicy asparagus remains.
This recipe is an easy way to introduce a new way to enjoy asparagus. Give them an egg bath, dust them with a bit of flour, and coat them with a tasty combo of parmesan cheese and panko breadcrumbs, and you have the perfect side dish. Or, you can enjoy them solo (as I do) with a dip in ranch dressing.
Another reason to love asparagus?
I looked up the nutritional gains of eating asparagus and realized there are quite a few health benefits. Asparagus helps fight cancer, is a natural diuretic, a good source of fiber, and is rich with vitamin B6 which gives you a boost of energy.
As we all try to find interesting ways to enjoy healthy recipes, this Parmesan Crusted Asparagus Spears is definitely one to bookmark.
Here are a few more vegetable-inspired side dishes (and snacks) to enjoy:
- Quick & Easy Creamed Spinach
- Creole Fried Pickles
- Korean-Style Glazed Mushrooms
- Easy Carrot Soufflé
- Southern Creamed Corn