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oil, the dark nutty elixir pressed from toasted sesame seeds,
has a fantastically potent flavor and fragrance. It can easily over-
power most foods, so we add it carefully. In this dish it is combined
with a light sprinkling of sesame seeds, soy sauce, Sherry, and hot
pepper flakes to lace the asparagus with flavor without covering
its wonderful character.”
pound asparagus spears, trimmed
tablespoons dry Sherry
tablespoons vegetable oil
tablespoon soy sauce
tablespoon sesame seeds
teaspoon Asian sesame oil
of red pepper flakes
1. Preheat the oven to 450° F.
Arrange the asparagus in a single layer in a large baking pan.
Whisk together the Sherry, vegetable oil, soy sauce, sesame seeds,
oil and red pepper flakes in a small bowl. Drizzle over the
roll the spears to coat evenly.
Roast until tender, 6 to 8 minutes, depending on the thickness of
spears. Taste for seasoning. Serve immediately.
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