Toasted Sesame Balsamic Asparagus

I love Asparagus!  The perfect Spring Vegetable goes good with any meal.  Here is one I really enjoy, it has a wonderful oriental flavor!  A little exotic and out of the ordinary!  River Valley Ranch and Geneva Lakes Produce always have beautiful asparagus! Ingredients

2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 pound asparagus
2 teaspoons McCormick® Gourmet Collection Sesame Seed, Toasted
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons reduced sodium soy sauce
1/8 teaspoon McCormick® Gourmet Collection Red Pepper, Crushed

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Spread sesame oil in foil-lined baking pan. Wash asparagus and break off stalks as far down as they snap easily, 1 to 2 inches from ends. If your asparagus is fairly thick, (thicker than a pencil) I like to take the extra time and peel the stalk, this assures you a wonderful tender spear.   Roll asparagus in sesame oil. Sprinkle with sesame seed. Arrange asparagus in single layer.

2. Roast in oven 10 minutes or until tender-crisp.

3. Mix vinegar, sugar, soy sauce and red pepper in small bowl. Remove asparagus from oven; place on serving platter. Drizzle with soy sauce mixture.

Tips

Test Kitchen Tip: If McCormick® Gourmet Collection Toasted Sesame Seed is unavailable, use McCormick® Gourmet Collection Sesame Seed. Toast in a small skillet on medium heat 2 minutes or until fragrant and golden brown. Immediately pour out of hot pan to avoid over-toasting.

Makes 4 servings.

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes

Nutritional Information

For 1 serving Calories: 59 Sodium: 103mg Fat: 3g Carbohydrates: 6g Cholesterol: 0mg Fiber: 1g Protein: 2g

Soruce:  McCormick & Co.