Asparagus with Mint and Chili

How about a children's book based on a tribe of asparagus people worried about the way their pee smells

We love roasting asparagus, but try to come up with new ways to serve it. This was a side dish on a recent leftover night. Yes, we do have those.

Asparagus with Mint and Chili

  • Large bunch of Asparagus (about a pound)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp mint, torn in large pieces
  • 2 dried chili peppers or 1 tsp dried pepper flakes
  • sea salt/black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375. Line asparagus in a single sheet on a nonstick pan or a cookie sheet lined with foil. Roast until asparagus is tender, about 10 minutes. Set aside. In a shallow frying pan, heat oil with mint and chili peppers. Bring to a low boil and let cook until mint wilts, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and toss mix with asparagus. Let set at room temperature for about an hour before serving to let flavors steep.

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48 Responses to Asparagus with Mint and Chili

  1. Yum..this looks so good!

  2. Kristy says:

    Hang on…I had to pick myself back up off the floor. You have leftover nights?! LOL. Just kidding. This dish looks fab – I’m very into asparagus right now (after a 30-some year hiatus).

  3. I have to agree with Kristy as in being shocked that you could ever have leftovers! I have always enjoyed asparagus but have not tried it with a mint and chili pepper combo. Sounds very intriguing. : )

  4. nrhatch says:

    How about a children’s book based on a tribe of asparagus people worried about the way their pee smells . . . bwahahaha! Perfect.

  5. That kids book idea could be a good one!

  6. I’m looking forward to seeing some green asparagus in the shops. White asparagus is the big thing here, but it’s not the big thing with me:)

  7. I love asparagus! I have been making it similar to how you made it except that i just stir fry it instead of leaving it in the oven to soften it. Good stuff!

  8. Love the asparagus but am laughing like at mad woman at your photo caption!

  9. niasunset says:

    seems so beautiful and so delicious.. made me so hungry. Thank you dear Rufus, with my love, nia

  10. sallybr says:

    Very interesting take on asparagus, Greg… We love that they are in full season, we had them twice this past week, roasted, but next time I will add the mint chili touch. Perfect!

  11. The mint sounds like a tasty idea!

  12. Tandy says:

    Lovely recipe πŸ™‚

  13. Judy says:

    Interesting combination, I like the idea of mixing it up with this spring veggie. We roasted ours with lemon last night, which is always good, but now you’ve got me thinking about other flavors.

  14. Gorgeous… awesome flavour combo. I think you have gone a little Jamie Oliver.

  15. I have this deep seated dislike of mint. I got really sick once after drinking mint tea. I wonder if I am just crazy and need to get over it? This looks like good evidence to support that theory.

  16. Mad Dog says:

    Very nice idea πŸ˜‰

  17. Lea Ann says:

    I’m with you, always looking for new ideas for asparagus. The best part about this is the colors, love that red against the green asparagus.

  18. BrainRants says:

    Never thought about adding mint to asparagus.

  19. Eva Taylor says:

    The colour looks wonderful.
    About the P: Why is that? It doesn’t even smell like asparagus.

  20. Love the contrast of mint and chile.. about the book though…

  21. ChgoJohn says:

    I’ll eat asparagus almost any way but those chili might be a bit much for me. I think I’ll take the pepper flake option. EIther way, I’m sure it’s delicious.

  22. Lauren says:

    I had to like this for the photo caption alone. Food looks good too. πŸ˜‰

  23. KarenCooking says:

    Love asparagus. This sounds like my kind of dish!

  24. ceciliag says:

    perfect, we roast it often as well, but this looks good.. c

  25. Courtney says:

    Yum! Though I might suggest a book for middle-schoolers – they’d love the humor.

  26. We do asparagus on the grill a lot and love it that way. I have a yard full of mint and never thought of using it with asparagus. Sounds good.

  27. randommanda says:

    We have a ton of mint and I’m always looking for new ways to use it! I would have never thought to pare it with asparagus – yum! Thanks!

  28. The mint/asparagus combo sounds really interesting. How did you come up with that one?

  29. LOVE LOVE LOVE asparagus!
    Wonder what the kids will think about that book…
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

  30. egg me on says:

    Wow, a tribe of asparagus lovers worried about smelly pee. That’s a whole lot of people with a complex. Do you think they get even more anxious when it doesn’t smell like asparagus? Hmm … think about that one for a while! Oh, and this dish looks goooood. What a great/simple side dish.

  31. Just had our first round of asparagus and it was lovely just steamed with lemon. Although we live in Germany and I love hollandaise, I’m not one to smother my asparagus with it and the lemon gets boring so I’ll definitely give the mint and chili a go for sure.
    As for smelly pee…
    My daughter is sick of me telling her that every time we have it, like it’s going to change her mind.
    Personally, I’m fascinated by it and try to drink copious amounts of water and practically want to sit on the toilet and eat one at the same time just to see how fast it works. Call me crazy.

  32. billpeeler says:

    What a great combo of flavors – would never think about adding mint to asparagus. Sounds perfect for Spring —–

  33. I love asparagus. That’s what they make bathroom spray for πŸ™‚

    Can’t believe with the food you two create that there are ever leftovers!

  34. Adding this red spice to asparagus is a good thing. I am ready for it. Thanks for the great idea.

  35. spicegirlfla says:

    Is there really a kid’s book on that?!! how funny! but how delicious this looks; asparagus always makes me think of Spring time!!

  36. Purely.. Kay says:

    Your asparagus look divine

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  38. Love the kick of chilli in this – perfect to toss into a salad too, with canned tuna or something similar.

  39. Jessica says:

    Oh, Elf. Interesting combo!

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