Unless you are eating pizza or a salad as a main, you almost always need side dishes to go with your meal. But even for a salad, I still will have bread or something else to go with it too. This time was no different. I made some delicious asparagus with lemon butter and pine nuts to go with my spicy and zesty steak. A Spicy and Zesty Steak.
Just like my steak, these too were supposed to be put on the grill, but we got a little rained out. So once again, it was time to turn to Plan B. Plan B for the asparagus was to boil the asparagus first then to coat it in the lemon garlic butter.
Asparagus with Lemon Butter and Pine Nuts
1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
1 lb asparagus
1/2 cup olive oil
2 TBSP lemon juice
1 tsp white pepper
1/2 cup butter
1 TBSP lemon zest
dash of Tabasco
1 TBSP garlic
You can either grill or boil the asparagus. This time I boiled mine, then drained them before tossing them in the lemon butter.
While my asparagus was cooking, I mixed all the ingredients together, except for the parsley, lemon zest and pine nuts. Brown the butter slightly to give it a bit of a nutty flavor. When the butter is melted, add the Tabasco sauce and the lemon juice. Any variety of Tabasco will do.
Add the asparagus spears and thoroughly coat in the lemon butter mixture. Right before serving, add the lemon zest, parsley and pine nuts. Serve immediately. I tend to like the smaller, thinner asparagus, but you can use any size you like. however, if you are going to grill the asparagus, the thicker ones are better.
This dish is perfect for both Spring and Summer because of the fresh asparagus and the lemony flavors. It goes well with anything. Enjoy.
Stay safe and stay well Everyone. ‘Til next time.