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Asparagus with Sesame Butter Recipe

Asparagus with Sesame Butter Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min. YIELD:6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 1. 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (5 ounces) equals 84 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 229 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.