CIao! This dish came about in the interest of doing something quickly. The result: wow! So good. I love easy and I love so good. Two of the best things that can go together.
1 bunch of asparagus, trimmed of woody ends & rinsed
10-12 mushrooms or 8 ounces mushrooms, rinsed, stems trimmed, quartered
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan
olive oil for drizzling
salt & pepper to taste
Line a sheet pan with foil. Drizzle a thin film of olive oil. Spread out asparagus in one layer, lined up. Toss the cut mushrooms around the edges. Season all with salt and pepper.
In a small bowl, mix together the breadcrumb and cheese. Drizzle a little olive oil to moisten slightly. Season with salt & pepper.
Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture lightly over asparagus. Drizzle a little more olive oil over all. Roast in 400 degree oven until crumbs are golden and vegetables are cooked — about 15 minutes.
Aleppo pepper has crept into my cooking over the years and has become as much a staple as salt (overstatement — close to salt) (salt is THE most necessary seasoning condiment).
But consider: aleppo can be thought of as a hot pepper, but it’s not that hot. For me, it spikes the food not heats it. It gives it a LIFT. Wakes it up. Use more and you can get heat. But it’s a subtle heat…it’s a sleepy heat…it’s a heat that feels tame and feisty, too. The flavor is smoky and deep. Dare I say: perfect?
What do I use it on? Aleppo can jump into almost anything except the most delicate and I leave it out of desserts.
Making a ricotta filling for ravioli? A little aleppo gives it some pep. (You know how ricotta can be. Creamy, but needs salt…and aleppo).
Roasting some asparagus? A little aleppo wakes them up.
Aleppo turns meats into soulful mouthfuls…
roasted lamb with fennel
Tomato Sauce loves a little aleppo…
Seafood and aleppo go out on dates all the time…
Savory Breads just love that little punch of aleppo…
tomato & olive baguette
Lasagna embraces a small shake of aleppo…
Frittata’s say yippee when aleppo visits….
And don’t forget pizza! What more can I say?
Get some! You’ll soon figure out how much you’d like for whatever dish you want to give a little nudge to – or a lot. I always find it at Penzeys Spices, or if you have a Savory Spice Shop near you, I know they carry it.
Enjoy the heat this winter! 🙂