This side will please the palates of everyone—even those who generally don't care for asparagus. I look forward to spring each year so I can make this tasty side dish.—Eileen Bechtel, Wainwright, Alberta
- 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
- 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
- 1 pound fresh asparagus, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Dash pepper
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- In a large skillet, saute almonds in 1 teaspoon of oil until lightly browned; remove and set aside. In the same skillet, saute asparagus in the remaining oil for 1 minute. Add the water, sugar, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 3-4 minutes or until asparagus is tender. Drain. Sprinkle with lemon juice; top with almonds. Yield: 3-4 servings.
Originally published as Asparagus with Almonds in Taste of Home April/May 1998, p9
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