Monday, September 8, 2008

Steamed Asparagus

Check asparagus carefully before purchasing. The tips should be compact, not flowery. The stalks should be firm, fresh, with a deep green color, not yellow or pale. The bottoms should be brittle, with an inch or two of woody base, which must be trimmed before cooking.

Makes 4 servings.

2 pounds fresh asparagus, or 6 to 8 stalks per person
Salted boiling water

Break off (do not cut) the woody base from each asparagus stalk. The woody base will snap off from the tender portion. Wash stalks thoroughly under running cold water.

Tie the stalks in serving-size bunches. Stand upright in a deep saucepan, which contains an inch of salted, boiling water. Cover and allow to steam for 15 minutes, or until the asparagus is tender but still crisp. Serve with Garlic Sesame Sauce (directions in tomorrow's post).

Picture courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. This post is a member of the Chinese Father's Day menu series.

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