Simple, quick way to prepare asparagus. What's this you say? You don't like asparagus? If so, I bet you you're overcooking it... it should still be very slightly crunchy when eaten. And please -- don't ever boil asparagus away... it gets far too mushy and loses all its flavor! This recipe start to finish - about 12 mins; about 4 mins sauteeing time.
Chop off root end of asparagus. Some recipe books give you the following tip: holding the stalk at both ends, bend the stalk until it snaps. While this method works, it sacrifices a good 10-20% of the edible green stalk. Over time, you get a feel for where the good, darker green stalk starts and the lighter green tough part begins. This can range from 1-3" from the bottom of the stalks. Use a knife.
Wash the asparagus under cold water. Pat dry.
Bring saute pan to medium high heat. Add butter, quickly spread in pan, and then asparagus. Saute about 4-5 mins; test with a fork or tongs -- it should still be slightly firm. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately.
My personal preference with asparagus is to steam it. But I'm posting this recipe anyway -- it's my father-in-law's preferred way of serving asparagus.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (145g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 27 (50%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 3g||4 %|
|Saturated Fat 1.9g||9 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0.7g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0.2g|
|Cholesterol 7.6mg||2 %|
|Sodium 62mg||2 %|
|Potassium 287.2mg||8 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 5.5g||2 %|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||12 %|
|Sugars, other 2.5g|
|Protein 3.1g||4 %|
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Calories per serving: 54
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