Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Smoked Asparagus and Gorgonzola Pasta with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Mushrooms

So this lovely dinner was very fun to make. Yes, the asparagus is SMOKED. It made our apartment smell wonderful! You just soak the wood chips for half an hour and then drain them. Wrap them in foil and poke some holes in the package. Set it in a pot you wouldn't mind discoloring a little bit and put the steamer basket full of asparagus over top. Cover and smoke for about 10 minutes or until tender! Be careful when you lift the lid...this does produce a lot of smoke! I bet you could use that technique on other things as well.

 And the gorgonzola was carved from a gorgeous hunk I split with my mom. I didn't really change the recipe, except to use spaghetti instead of bucatini.

The roasted vegetables were very simple and quite tasty. Since they were tossed in a sauce (olive oil, balsamic vinegar, chicken broth, thyme), they developed a crispy exterior with a tender interior. 

I am so excited for our CSA to start this coming Thursday! Hopefully I will be all caught up with my posts so I can start blogging about the veggies right away. We're also moving out of our apartment this weekend...so that will keep me busy! We will stay in my parents' guest house for a couple months while we finish our house search. Not to mention, I'm going to start my lactose-free week this coming Sunday for my project. I'm pretty excited, but also a little nervous about what I'll do if I'm over at someone's house or eating out. But that's all part of what I wanted to experience by doing the project!

1 comment:

  1. Never heard of smoking asparagus before, but I can see how it would be a genius idea! I'm sure this dinner was outstanding because of it =) Can't wait to hear about your CSA!