I know, I know, you’re thinking, “Is she insane?” She’s going to set the house on fire! LOL Trust me, the first time I saw my Mom making this dish I asked her the exact same question. All I can say is that when I tasted this I said “WOW” & went back for seconds. It’s a fun dish to make, especially if you’re having company over. You get the same reaction every time LOL!
It’s quick, it’s easy, & it’s good for you! Using the paper bag keeps the moisture in the asparagus & allows the garlic, lemon slices, olive oil, & bay leaves to perfectly season the asparagus. Coating your paper bag generously (covering all areas) with canola oil keeps the fire marshall away! You have to use canola oil on the outside other oils will smoke & you don’t want that!
Thanks Mom for trying something a little out of the ordinary and coming up with an extraordinary way to make aspargus! Stock up on paper bags at the grocery store, you’re going to want to make this often!
Asparagus alla Paper Bag
1 lg. brown paper bag from the grocery store
2 bundles of fresh asparagus
1/2 lemon sliced
4 fresh garlic cloves minced (use more if you like)
2 bay leaves
salt & pepper
extra virgin olive oil
Preheat oven to 400.
Take your asparagus and trim the ends (Tip: Hold one asparagus between your fingers and bend it, where it breaks naturally is where you trim it).
Place the asparagus in a bowl add the minced garlic, season with salt & pepper (to your liking), drizzle a little olive oil over the asparagus. A couple of turns of the bowl should be plenty (just enough to coat), & toss.
Place your seasoned asparagus at the bottom of the paper bag. Place lemon slices & bay leaves on top of asparagus.
Fold the bag over & place onto a baking sheet (with edges)
pour a little canola oil over the bag & rub in it good (don’t want it to catch on fire), make sure the bag is saturated.
Bake for 30 minutes.
I’ve found the easiest way to open it is to cut the bag open with scissors (be careful it will be hot).