• Asparagus Almandine

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    Asparagus Almandine
    Prep: 15 min Cook: 10 min Servings: 8
    by Salad Foodie
    406 recipes
    From <> the description of this recipe reads: "Something magical happens when asparagus meets almonds and lemon. Crispy nuts, tart citrus and ... asparagus combine to make a taste sensation. This side dish is elegant for any entertaining party, but easy enough for any ordinary meal." I made half the recipe following instructions and it was a just as promised- easy and delightful - a great alternative to plain steamed asparagus. Full recipe listed below.


    • 2 pounds fresh asparagus
    • 1/4 cup butter
    • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


    1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add asparagus and cook until color turns bright green, 2-3 minutes. (Directions were vague about whether to cover, and whether to wait til water returns to boil before timing begins. I wanted them slightly crisp, so the color and tender-crisp doneness guided my timing more than the minutes.)
    2. Remove, rinse under cold water and drain. Set aside.*
    3. Melt butter in small saucepan (I used a medium-size frypan) over medium heat.
    4. Add almonds (to melted butter) and cook until lightly browned and fragrant, about 5 minutes (mine starting browning much sooner so watch these closely and reduce heat as needed.)
    5. Add lemon juice and cook until liquid reduces and becomes cohesive, 1 to 2 minutes.
    6. Season with salt and pepper and pour over reserved asparagus. Serve immediately.
    7. *You may wish to microwave the asparagus a few seconds to rewarm before adding the almond topping in Step 6, so it's served hot.

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    • Salad Foodie
      Salad Foodie
      Yes it was one of those rare fall sales here at the 'last gasp' for farmers market. At $1.88 pound/bunch I couldn't resist til the new crop next spring.
      • Bob Vincent
        Bob Vincent
        Asparagus is probably our favorite veggie. This looks simple but tasty as you state. If Asparagus is available on sale this week I will defenitely try the dish and report back with the results. Last week I couldn't find it anywhere for under $3.00/lb. We eat it weekly when available in the Bay Area fresh. I use it in Wok stir fry's often as well. Thank for sharing!

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