This Asian-themed asparagus dish is a great new way to serve springtime asparagus. I made this recipe to bring to an Easter dinner celebration, and it was a great accompaniment to lightly smoked ham and sweet potatoes.
Did you know that white asparagus is the same as green asparagus, except that to cultivate it, the shoots are covered with soil as they grow? Without exposure to sunlight there is no photosynthesis, and the shoots remain white in color!
1 bunch fresh asparagus, trimmed
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Arrange the asparagus on a baking sheet. Coat with vegetable oil, and season with salt and pepper.
- Bake asparagus 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until tender.
- Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat, and stir in soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. Pour over the baked asparagus to serve.
Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:
- I used a non-stick aluminum foil on the baking sheet, which made for very easy clean up. Also, the asparagus did not stick to the baking sheet.
- Do not overcook the asparagus – it should be crisp.
Yield: 4 servings