Asparagus Parmesan. Created to accompany Chicken Van Jane.
As the title notes, this dish was designed to complement Chicken Van Jane.
microwave-safe baking dish (flat-bottomed; preferably barely long enough for the asparagus spears; will need to be covered)
1 bundle fresh asparagus (only enough for 2-4 asparagus lovers - scale recipe up as desired)
~1 cup water
~1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
~1/4 cup olive oil
Wash asparagus. Chop ~2" off of each thick end, at an angle. Discard cut ends. Spread out asparagus spears as much as possible in baking dish, with thick ends in first if dish is too small for spears.
Pour in water. Cover thick ends rather than tips if you have to choose. Cover dish.
Microwave on high for five minutes. Remove cover carefully (HOT!); rearrange spears to be sure they have equal cooking time.
Microwave on high for five more minutes. Drain water. Remove cover carefully.
Pour olive oil over spears. Sprinkle thick ends with most of the parmesan cheese, saving only a little of the cheese for the tips.
Microwave on high for five minutes (more if you like very soft asparagus; fewer if you like very crunchy asparagus). Cheese should be nicely melted. Asparagus should be done!
Serve hot. Preferably, serve alongside its companion dish of Chicken Van Jane over rice.