From the Garden...Steamed Asparagus With Brown Butter and Hazelnuts

 Here’s another great recipe for asparagus from "Everyday Food".   If you can't find or afford hazelnuts, substitute toasted almonds, as I did. We have "found" asparagus growing in a ditch near our home while out walking when we lived farther in the country, and older homes often have asparagus already established.  If you don't have your own, sometimes neighbors will let you pick theirs that they don't like or want.  Asparagus, like rhubarb, once established, will grow for years with a little care - good for any garden.  It might be "gourmet" to some, but to Grandma, it was a Spring standby.
 Steamed Asparagus With Brown Butter and Hazelnuts 
  2            Bunches  Asparagus -- 2 pounds trimmed
     1/4     Cup  Butter
                Coarse Salt -- to taste
                Pepper -- to taste
     1/3     Cup  Hazelnuts -- toasted, loose skins rubbed off
Set a steamer basket in a saucepan with 2 inches simmering water.  Add asparagus, cover and steam until crisp-tender, about 6 minutes.  Transfer to a warm platter..
Discard water; heat butter, cut in pieces, over medium heat, swirling pan occasionally, until golden brown and most of the foam has subsided, 5-6 minutes.  Don't let it burn.
Pour over asparagus, toss to combine, season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle with chestnuts and serve immediately.
4 Servings
Per Serving: 177 Calories; 19g Fat (91.4% calories from fat); 2g Protein; 2g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 31mg Cholesterol; 118mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 0 Grain (Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 3 1/2 Fat.

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