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Monday, March 16, 2009

Garlic & Lemon Asparagus

I am feeling the urge for spring so badly, I ate vegetables all weekend. We used to eat asparagus and broccoli every other day for when my daughter was 2-3 years old. Since she grew tired of them, I find I am not making them as often but when I do, I chow down. I made a simple compound butter, steamed the asparagus and basically ate them all myself Sunday afternoon.

1/2 pound green asparagus, cut into 1-11/2 inches pieces
garlic & lemon compound butter.

1. Place a steamer basket into a pot and place enough water to just below the basket. Bring to a boil while preparing asparagus
2. Prepare asparagus but snapping at natural break and then cutting into 1 to 11/2 inch pieces.
3. Steam approx. 2 minutes until tender but still firm. The time will vary based on thickness of stalks.
4. Place into a bowl with 3/4 tablespoon butter, salt to taste and enjoy.

Compound butter: I took 1/2 stick unsalted butter and while at room temperature, I combined with with 1.5 tablespoons lemon juice & a large clove of garlic (minced). I mixed them well and refrigerated overnight.


Anonymous said...

This asparagus sounds delicious with garlic and lemon butter. I am so ready for warmer weather!

Anonymous said...

Isn't compound butter just the best? It does wonders on veggies like this.

Priscilla said...

Yum, what a yummy way to make asparagus. I was curious if you tried the French Toast recipe off my blog? If you did, hope you enjoyed it!

Jennifer said...

Hi Priscilla-I did not but guess what? I promise to make it tomorrow morning and post about it in the afternoon.

Sara said...

I've been really into asparagus these days too. This looks like a great way to eat it!

Chef E said...

I absolutely love asparagus, even the mushy canned ones, shhhhhh, I cannot eat them anymore due to sodium...but that is what I grew up with, I do not think my mom knew what to do with fresh ones :)

Bridget said...

What a beautiful picture!

Donna-FFW said...

This sounds delicious Jennifer! I love asparagus and this is just such a terrific way to prepare it!

Reeni♥ said...

You gotta do what you gotta do, right? I bet they were delicious with that yummy butter!

Tangled Noodle said...

These are the sides I love best - so simple yet incredibly flavor. I can't wait for the really sweet, tender asparagus to start appearing.

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