I am always on the lookout for new ways to make asparagus. I found some Italian flavored panko in my pantry and decided to roast some asparagus then top it with some panko mixed with minced garlic and olive oil. It turned out delicious! I loved the crisp-tender asparagus topped with the crunchy and garlicky panko. It was a great combination of flavors and textures. My kids ate it without complaint so I take that as a success!
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat a small baking dish with cooking spray.
Remove the wooden ends of the asparagus then place them into the baking dish. Drizzle a touch of olive oil on the asparagus spears then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; toss to coat evenly.
Place into the oven and roast for 10 minutes. While the asparagus is roasting, toss the panko crumbs with the minced garlic and a dash of olive oil; mix until well combined. After the asparagus has roasted for 10 minutes, remove from the oven and sprinkle the top with the panko mixture. Return to the oven and continue roasting for another 3-5 minutes, or until the asparagus is crisp-tender. Serve immediately. Enjoy.