Harissa can be subbed with another hot sauce of your choice, but be aware of varying levels of heat in each sauce.
Cutting on a diagonal is not only for aesthetic purposes. Cutting on a diagonal allows heat to penetrate the stem of the vegetable, and you will be able to cook it for less time, allowing for a firmer bite.
Editor’s note: To clean green asparagus from insects, the tips as well as the triangular side leaves should be cut off and discarded. The easiest way to remove these side leaves is to peel the entire asparagus (make sure to get thick ones!).
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