Here's a really simple asparagus recipe that is not only quick to make, but tastes great and can accompany virtually any main dish.
The only ingredients needed are: 1 lb. asparagus, 1/4 cup (30 g) chopped almonds, one tablespoon (15 g) butter, salt, and pepper (and cayenne pepper, if desired). Wash and clean the asparagus, breaking off the hard fibrous parts of the stems, if necessary. If the almonds haven't been chopped up, then finely chop the almonds.
Melt 1 Tbs. butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat. The pan should be large enough to hold all the asparagus later. [IMG]
Once the butter has melted, cook the almonds in the butter until the butter and almonds have browned. [IMG]
If some spiciness is desired, add a little (or a lot) of cayenne powder as desired and stir it into the butter and almonds. [IMG]
Add the asparagus to the sauté pan. Season with salt and pepper. Then toss to coat with butter and almonds. Actually, you probably don't want to actually toss (or use the saute motion) as a mess will probably result. Just use a large silicone spatula or a wooden spoon and move the asparagus around while scooping the butter almonds up on top. [IMG]
The asparagus can then be cooked in the pan as long as you keep the asparagus spears moving. This takes about 6 to 8 minutes. The best way to check if they are done is to take a little bite of one of the spears. The asparagus should be crisp but without a raw taste. An alternative method is to pour a little water (1 to 2 Tbs.) into the pan and to cover and let it steam for two minutes. Then uncover and let the water evaporate while sautéing. [IMG]
I really liked the idea of this recipe, but I didn't have almonds on hand so I used pine nuts in stead. I also tried roasting the asparagus in the oven, like Olympic204 suggested. So, while I made quite a few alterations to the recipe, I still like to think that, at heart, I followed it.
Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 12:54 am Post subject: second on green beans
I have made this several times with green beans, using the blanching tip. I keep slivered almonds on hand, and in my opinion it works better if I don't chop them up--it's too easy to burn the almonds and butter if they are chopped up small (learned on gas, and after ~20 years, I still haven't mastered an electric stove). I love the cayenne, and depending upon who I'm cooking for, I add some or a little more.
This is a standard in my cooking-meals-for-folks-in-need repertoire, and so far it's been very well received. Even by my own family, go figure.
I'm not an engineer but a scientist and think this is a great site! Must try asparagus, though I think green beans need more enhancement than asparagus!