Sunday, November 7, 2010

Asparagus with Gremolata Butter

Gremolata is an Italian blend of garlic, parsley and lemon peel. It's traditionally sprinkled over osso buco. But why stop there?

Ever wonder who took a look at asparagus and thought, "hmmm, this would probably taste good". I mean, they do look a little weird, like extra tall Christmas trees, LOL. I never tried asparagus, until a year ago. As I mentioned in a previous post, I grew up in a very non adventurous household, when it came to food.

Plus, I was almost sure I wouldn't like them. I'm not a huge fan of many green veggies.

I was wrong! They're really tasty!

I choose this recipe because it uses ingredients I usually have on had. It's so simple, yet the flavors are phenomenal. I really love the tartness of the lemon and creaminess of the butter, with the aspsaragus. It gave the bitter asparugus a nice fresh flavor. This would be a super dish, during the summer months.


Asparagus with Gremolata Butter
Adapted from Bon Appetit~ Fast Easy Fresh Cookbook

2 lbs asparagus, trimmed
2 Tbs (1/4 stick) butter
2 tsp finely grated lemon peel
1 garlic clove, minced
2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
1 Tbs fresh parsley, chopped

Cook asparagus in large pot of boiling salted water, until just crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water to cool quickly. Drain again.

Do Ahead Can be made 1 day ahead. Wrap in paper towels, cover, and chill.
Melt butter in heavy large skillet over medium high heat. Add lemon peel and garlic; stir 30 seconds. Add asparagus and toss to coat. Sprinkle lemon juice over. Saute until asparagus is heated through and coated with butter sauce, about 3 minutes. Season asparagus to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to platter. Sprinkle with parsley.

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Brenda said...

Cindy, I've never heard of gremolata butter before, thanks for teaching me something new today. I imagine that would be delicious on all sorts of food. Asparagus are one of my very favourite vegetables, this sounds delicious. Thank you so much for sharing this at Cookbook Sundays. Enjoy the rest of your day!

Melynda said...

How delicious! I can't wait to try this on green beans also!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a delicious way to dress your Asparagus. Looks delicious.


Cooking with K said...

great recipe...can't wait to try and make it! Blessings, K

Couscous & Consciousness said...

Yum - I love asparagus - it is absolutely my favourite vegetable, and now that we are enjoying spring here in New Zealand I am eating it every day. I love gremolata too, but never ever thought of using it like this on my asparagus. Awesome idea - I will definitely be trying this - maybe even today!
Sue :-)

Krystal said...

I love asparagus. Add some lemony butter to it? That sounds awesome.

Thanks so much for linking this up to Saturday's Party!

-Krystal @ recipesofacheapskate.blogspot.com