Make Ahead

Roasted Potato and Asparagus and Tarragon

May 25, 2010
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  • Serves 6-8
Author Notes

For some reason, I love tarragon in the spring. It is great in egg salad, but it is also perfect with those tender spring vegetables like asparagus and peas. For this dish, I paired it with asparagus and new potatoes that I oven roasted. The dish can be eaten warm, cold, or at room temperature (my favorite). Because it is so portable, it makes a great picnic or pool-side dish, which seems to be what I am craving more and more on these warm spring evenings. When we eat this at home, there is a bit of Jack Sprat and his wife going on: my son picks out the asparagus and eats the potatoes; my youngest daughter picks out the potatoes and eats the asparagus. But they both enjoyed the tarragon flavor, and my husband, oldest daughter and I love the entire combination. —Margy@hidethecheese

What You'll Need
  • 1 1/2 pounds asparagus
  • 1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • approximately 25 small new potatoes, scrubbed
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh tarragon
  • 1/2 Vidalia or othe sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Snap the ends off the asparagus and reserve them for another purpose. Toss the asparagus with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, a few grinds of pepper, and a sprinkle of salt. Roast the asparagus until they are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. When they have cooled a bit, slice them diagonally into bite-sized pieces.
  3. In a separate pan (or in the same pan if you have time and want to save dirtying another pan), toss the potatoes with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast them, too, until they are tender, about 20 to 25 minutes.
  4. While the vegetables are cooking, slice the onion and mince the tarragon. When the potatoes are done, let them cool until they are just cool enough to handle. Cut them in half or in smaller pieces if they are large and, while they are still warm, toss them in a large bowl with the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil and the white vinegar.
  5. Add the asparagus and tarragon. Taste, and adjust seasonings as necessary.
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6 Reviews

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healthierkitchen May 25, 2010
This one is right up my alley too! I'm growing some tarragon, but, sadly, must purchase my asparagus.
But it's the best time of year to buy asparagus. We'll have to console ourselves with that.
healthierkitchen May 25, 2010
I've been buying a pound or two every week! My daughter told me yesterday that she "doesn't much care for asparagus." Funny - we've been eating 2 or 3 times a week for a few weeks now.
lapadia May 25, 2010
This sounds great and we still have garden asparagus to use up! Oh, btw, every year I make a similar potato recipe when our garden string beans and potatoes are available…deciding which contest to enter it in (if at all).
You're so lucky to have that garden asparagus. You should enter the recipe in both!