Monday, June 15, 2009
Asparagus is pretty amazing the way it is, so the last thing you'd want to do is overwhelm it with a too-potent flavor. I thought it might be fun to add a little zing with another perfect summery flavor- lime! The freshly squeezed lime and some soy butter will keep each other in check- the butter will never feel too heavy or fattening, and the lime won't be too acidic or overpower the asparagus. An even better idea- try marinating the asparagus in the lime butter, and then put those stalks on the grill!
Like the Corona you could likely serve this with, some things are just better with lime.
* 1 bunch fresh asparagus
* 1/4 cup soy butter
* 2 garlic cloves, minced
* 1 tbsp. lime juice
* 1/2 tsp. brown sugar
* several parsley leaves, torn (you can also use a bit of cilantro if you prefer!)
1) Wash the asparagus, and snap off the woody ends. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Tie asparagus together with string, and add to the pot. Cook for 2 to 5 minutes, until the asparagus has softened and can easily be cut with a knife. Drain. Run asparagus under cold water for a minute to shock.
2) Meanwhile, heat butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and parsley and cook over low heat for a minute. Stir in lime juice and sugar; cook until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.
3) Add the asparagus to the butter pan, and toss with lime butter. Serve warm, drizzling any extra lime butter over the asparagus.