Philippa’s Oven-Baked Asparagus

1 Jun
it's almost gone!

oops, missed the photo opportunity this time round – it is THAT good!

I want to share a little recipe with you.  It’s asparagus season here and every year we eat tonnes of it and the way we’ve normally prepared it, is steamed until al dente and served on a platter with boiled egg scattered over the top and then washed over with a mustard vinaigrette (essentially an oil-based sauce with vinegar – to which you can add lemon juice, salt, pepper, mustard etc,  whatever you feel like!).

asparagus olonzac market

asparagus at the Olonzac market

another asparagus grower at the Olonzac market

…more asparagus at the Olonzac market

asparagus carcassonne market

asparagus at the Carcassonne market

We’ve been eating it for years and I’ve never considered preparing it any other way, I like it so much!  That is, until I ate Philippa’s oven-baked asparagus.

Philippa and her partner John have a winery here in the Minervois – Hegarty Chamans – where they make a great range of organic and biodynamic whites (I love their Marsanne Roussanne!) and reds.  Their philosophy of how they make their wines follows into the kitchen.  Philippa is an amazing cook and meals there are a real treat.  It’s like a celebration of fresh produce (often from their ‘potager’/ vegie patch), colours and aromas.   There’s no messing around, just simple, pure flavours blended beautifully together.  And it all feels so healthy! (if I leave my wine consumption out of the equation).    This dish in particular is a beauty.  Thanks Philippa, I’ve been hooked ever since you served this entree of asparagus!

oven-baked asparagus

Oven-Baked Asparagus

Philippa’s Oven-Baked Asparagus

(Yum!  and great served as an entree…)


2-3 bunches green asparagus

olive oil

a good cup full of grated Swiss Gruyere (my favourite cheese EVER) or Parmesan

3-4 dried chopped dried chillies (or 1 or 2 fresh – very hard to find around these parts!)

salt and pepper


chop the ends off the asparagus spears (I never really peel the ends), then rinse and pat dry in a teatowel

pour olive oil into bottom of a good heavy baking dish and swirl to spead the oil

place the spears, then top with the cheese, then the chillies, drizzle more oil and then add salt, pepper to taste

bake in moderate to hot oven (in my old gas oven I cook them on ‘7’) for 30 mins ( or for however long you want, depending on how much crunch you want to leave in the spears)

et voila!  so simple and so delicious!

…and a note on the wine!  Asparagus is a difficult thing to match with wine.  But if you really can’t resist, go ahead and eat them with a dry but fruity white


12 Responses to “Philippa’s Oven-Baked Asparagus”

  1. Jen Buck June 1, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

    I was going to ask you for that recipe. Didier loved your asperges! Thanks.

  2. Minnie June 1, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    Wish I helped eat that dish.
    Do you have a miniature posie on your windowsill?

    • The vigneron's wife June 1, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

      Why funny you ask Margot!! I did think of you when I put up the pics in the post before, with all the posies so far this Spring… said to myself “I must show Min that I have graduated to slightly bigger bunches”. Really did! xoxo

  3. Ros Eime June 2, 2012 at 3:56 am #

    YUM! Will try your recipe. Still oving your blog. Ros x

  4. Richard June 2, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    G’day Kat. I too love asparagus and look forward to baking some. The sad thing at the moment is that the only asparagus we can get at the market is (would you believe,) from Chile. However I weakened this week and bought some to make an asparagus risotto. It was good but i should really have waited for the Riverland asparagus. Richard

  5. Tracy Scott-Rimington June 2, 2012 at 11:35 pm #

    and I’m going to try it too! – post my trip to Adelaide next weekend.

  6. Mat April 15, 2014 at 12:01 am #

    Je suis une fan de vos recettes, je voudrais savoir si je vous invitais à dîner en compagnie d’amis et que si je vous servais l’un de vos délicieux plats, auriez-vous la gentillesse de prétendre que ce dit plat est le mien ? Car demain soir, l'”Asperge au four de Philippa” est au menu.
    Merci pour votre réponse et continuez ainsi !

    • The vigneron's wife April 24, 2014 at 11:36 pm #

      Ha ha, you pulled it off PERFECTLY Mathilde!!
      Your dish of Philippa’s Oven-Baked Asparagus was absolutely delicious… and your rabbit terrine was incredible.

      Merci beaucoup ma chere amie!

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