Asparagus in Herb Butter


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Serves 4


Nothing says spring like tender, young, first of the year Asparagus. Dressed only in a discreet herb butter, this simple dish allows the fresh flavor of the asparagus to be the star.  What could be a better way to greet the spring.


6 tablespoons of butter

1 clove garlic, finely minced

1 teaspoon each minced fresh dill weed, savory, thyme and mint


About 1 ½ pounds of fresh asparagus


Fresh ground black pepper to taste

Place the butter, garlic and herbs in a small sauce pot and allow to steep over a low flame for about 15 to 20 minutes.  Do not allow to come to a simmer as this will brown the butter. 

Meanwhile, trim off about 1 to 2 inches from the stem end of the asparagus.  Bring water to a boil and carefully place the asparagus in it.  When the water returns to the boil begin timing and allow the asparagus to cook for another 2 to 3 minutes only.  (When beautiful springtime asparagus is at its succulent best, it is a shame to execute it with over cooking.)  Remove from the water and drain well.  Place on a heated serving plate and pour the herb butter over it.  Garnish with a sprig of fresh herbs and a slice of lemon.


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