Sunday, April 7, 2013

Lemon Asparagus with Pine Nuts

We all, especially the kids, love asparagus 'round these parts, so I have a ton of asparagus recipes. This one is by far our favorite.
Lemon Asparagus with Pine Nuts

From: You Got Served

1 lb. fresh asparagus
3 Tbs. pine nuts
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tbs. lemon juice
1 clove garlic
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
freshly ground pepper, to taste

Cut off tough ends of asparagus.  Remove scales from stalks with a knife or vegetable peeler, if desired. (I don't bother).  Place spears in a steaming rack over boiling water; cover and steam 4-5 minutes or until spears are crisp-tender.  Transfer to a serving platter.  Saute pine nuts in a small skillet over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, or until browned.  Set aside.

Combine olive oil and remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan, stirring with a wire whisk to blend.  Cook over medium heat 2-3 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring constantly.  Pour over asparagus.  Sprinkle with pine nuts.  Let stand until reaching room temperature before serving.  (I also like it hot.)

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