The first fresh asparagus is a delightful springtime treat. This light butter sauce lets the asparagus flavor come through, and the sprinkling of sesame seeds adds a delicate crunch. This is a simple yet delicious dish. —Eunice Stoen, Decorah, Iowa
- 2 pounds fresh asparagus
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 1/4 cup butter, cubed
- 3 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
- Place asparagus spears in a large skillet; add boiling water and salt. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until tender. Remove asparagus and keep warm. Drain cooking liquid, reserving 1/2 cup in a small saucepan. Combine cornstarch and cold water; stir into liquid. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly; cook and stir 1 minute more. Stir in butter until melted. Spoon over asparagus; sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve immediately. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Asparagus with Sesame Butter in Taste of Home February/March 1994, p31
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