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Bon Appetit, Y'all

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Asparagus with Fresh Chives and Mint

This time of the year I can't get enough asparagus. I have chives growing all over the place. Plus I was at the creek this morning and the mint is coming along beautifully. This is the perfect dish for one of your Easter dinner vegetables. It doesn't matter if your meat is salmon, ham, beef, chicken, turkey or lamb.

Asparagus with Fresh Chives and Mint
makes 6 servings
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3 pounds slender fresh asparagus
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Kosher salt
3 tablespoons snipped fresh chives
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves
Freshly ground black pepper.

1. Cut or break off the tough woody ends of the asparagus talks and discard (young asparagus may not have tough ends). Using a vegetable peeler and starting just below the tip, peel the skin from each stalk.

2. In a large saucepan or skillet of lightly salted boiling water, cook the asparagus 3 to 5 minutes, just until tender. Drain well.

3. In a a saucepan over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add the shallots and cook, stirring, 2 or 3 minutes, until transparent and softened. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons butter and continue stirring until the butter melts. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon salt. Stir in the chives and mint.

4. In a shallow bowl, combine the asparagus and butter mixture and carefully toss. Season with additional salt and pepper and serve immediately.


  1. A nice recipe for this weekend. Happy Easter to you and your family!

  2. I must check the produce department today when I shop for Sunday dinner, this looks great!

  3. Is your asparagus up already? I can't wait for ours to make an appearance. :)

  4. Dang it. I just planted my asparagus seeds last year. I can't keep reading all of these delicious asparagus recipes. I'm not a patient woman. Guess it is another trip to the grocery store. Thanks for sharing.

  5. two words ,,, YUM YUM,, well i never could stop at two,, I love your blog,, you had me at Y' all,, love that,,(I'm from Northern Ontario Canada) Happy Thanksgiving,,,


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