Roasted Asparagus with Warm Bitters Mayonnaise

Roasted Asparagus w Bitters Mayonnaise

It’s Spring!  Time to indulge in asparagus, and time to try something new. The vegetables for this tasty side dish can be cooked in an iron frying pan, or on a stovetop griddle, on the barbecue, or roasted in the oven. Because I prefer “cooking simply”, I go the stovetop route. But I will never sacrifice flavor. That’s where my love affair with Angostura bitters comes in. It is a flavor game changer. Really. Print This Recipe

Roasted Vegetables with Angostura Mayonnaise Drizzle

(or simply… Angostura Mayonnaise  See bottom of page) *

Angostura Mayonnaise Drizzle for Roasted Vegetables
1/2    cup mayonnaise
2       Tbsp. grated pecorino Romano cheese or tangy Parmesan
1       Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1       tsp. grated lemon peel
1       tsp. Angostura aromatic bitters

Whisk together mayonnaise, grated cheese, lemon juice, lemon peel, and 1/2 to 1 tsp. Angostura bitters; set aside.  Note: If you have not used Angostura bitters in food before, start with 1/2 teaspoon in the mayonnaise. Taste, then stir in the remaining 1/2 teaspoon if desired.

Roasted Vegetables
1 – 2   lbs. asparagus, green beans, or broccoli rabe
1/4    cup olive oil
2       Tbsp. soy sauce
1        Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1        tsp. Angostura aromatic bitters

Rinse vegetables and drain well. Break off tough ends from asparagus. Remove stems from green beans. Whisk together olive oil, soy sauce, 1 Tbsp. lemon juice and 1 tsp. Angostura bitters. Brush liberally on vegetables; let stand 15 minutes.

Heat a large iron fry pan over medium heat. Place vegetables in pan in a single a layer. Cook about 5 minutes or until lightly browned. (The time depends on how thick the vegetables are.) Turn and cook 3-5 minutes more or until tender. Cook in two or three batches, as needed. To serve, warm up Angostura mayonnaise in microwave for just 15-30 seconds; stir well. Drizzle over hot vegetables. Garnish with lemon peel.

Makes 8 side-dish servings.  Nutrition information per serving with 2 lbs asparagus:
190 calories, 3g protein, 6g carb, 17g fat, (2.5g sat. fat), 5mg chol, 380mg sodium, 2g fiber

                                                 Recipe and photos by Rita Held for Angostura USA

* Like mayonnaise?!
Make the mayonnaise only, do not warm it up though, and use it as a dipping sauce for fresh veggies (photo below).  And/or use it in sandwiches instead of plain mayonnaise. It will stay fresh in the refrigerator for weeks, well covered.
Angostura mayo 1 tight

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