Let’s start with a simple French recipe that really lets the asparagus shine. I don’t use a lot of butter, but this kind of dish calls for a good one, and in a fairly generous quantity. This recipe is from Patricia Wells’s “At Home in Provence” cookbook.
Serves four to six.
3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
2 lbs. medium sized green asparagus, tough ends trimmed
Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Spring is here and with it comes one of the best vegetables, asparagus. Available at farmers markets, local asparagus can be found in chopstick-thin stalks, Sharpie-pen fatties, and even some violet-tinged varieties. You can steam, boil, stir-fry, roast, grill, microwave, and pickle asparagus. Serve it hot, at room temperature, or cold. Puree it into soups. Save some tips for risottos. You can even shave it raw into salads.