Elegant and Easy Asparagus

Full of flavor and crunch, my new favorite asparagus recipe involves a quick blanch, a simple saute and a complimentary sauce, all in one pan for easy cooking and clean-up.
Prep Time : 5 minutes
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Cook Time : 10 minutes
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Servings : 4

Elegant and Easy Asparagus

Elegant asparagus, straight and slim like a palace guard shows up on tables for Royals and also for us who cook and eat every day good food. 

Asparagus grows straight up from its earthen habitat during April and May. If you grow your own bed of asparagus or if like me you buy from a grower, eat now because asparagus produces its  edible spears only a few months.    

Prepare asparagus in simple ways because its earthy flavor needs very few nudges to taste amazing.

Buzz Savories’ favorite recipe for spring involves 2 steps and 5 ingredients including the asparagus. A basic blanching process (simmer for 2 minutes in salted water) develops an asparagus spear with a crunch yet tender. Finish off in the same skillet with a quick saute and dress with a Spicy Beer Mustard sauce. 

The humble asparagus can easily become the star attraction on any dinner table when melded with Buzz Savories Spicy Beer Mustard sauce.

Once you try this splendid little dish, you’ll be happy to add it to your own repertoire of simple vegetable sides. And this asparagus recipe needn’t be only a side dish – I cook this and add a hard-boiled or poached egg and a slice of ham and think my brunch would please the Royals.

Asparagus likes to be alone
Stands tall on its own
Nourished by the earth
And sun and rain
Bursting with nutrients – A Super Food
Asparagus spears are a sign of Spring
May to June – time in the sun is short

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Elegant and Easy Asparagus

Full of flavor and crunch, my new favorite asparagus recipe involves a quick blanch, a simple saute and a complimentary sauce, all in one pan for easy cooking and clean-up.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword asparagus, vegetable, easy cooking, spicy beer mustard, sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4

Equipment

  • 1 12" skillet
  • 1 food processor or immersion blender

What You'll Need:

  • 1 lb asparagus
  • 2 Tb olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and sliced thin

Dressing

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tb Buzz Savories Spicy Beer Mustard
  • 2 Tb red wine vinegar

How To Prepare:

  • Heat 2 cups of water with 2 tsp. salt in a 10" frying pan or a skillet to fit the number of asparagus spears available to you
  • Add asparagus and blanch for 2 minutes.
  • Remove asparagus from pan and drain the water.
  • Wipe the pan and return to heat (medium). Add 2 Tb olive oil and heat until oil shimmers.
  • Add slices of garlic and fry briefly (1 minute).
  • Add asparagus back to the pan and let asparagus fry 3-4 minutes at a medium temperature.
  • Remove from heat and arrange asparagus on a serving platter.

Dressing

  • Mix mustard, vinegar and olive oil in a small bowl or bowl of a food processor. Blend until the mixture forms a creamy emulsion.
  • Drizzle over asparagus and sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Notes

The blending process may be accomplished by hand with a wire whip although I've learned that a food processor or immersion blender produces a more creamy sauce that is less likely to separate. Serve the extra sauce in a bowl or small pitcher at the table. Your guests will ask for more.

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