Sunday, April 22, 2012

mmmm... brown butter

the simple act of cooking butter until it gets brown is going to blow your mind. you'll be surprised to know it makes already delicious butter even more delicious by bringing out a nutty, sweet aroma. use this technique on green beans, ravioli or even fish. add your favorite fresh herb near the end of the cooking process and you'll add an entirely new layer of flavor.

brown butter asparagus
1 bunch of asparagus, ends trimmed off
4 tbl salted butter

1. add butter to a saute pan. slowly melt butter at medium to low heat. continue this process swirling with a wooden spoon until butter begins to brown (but not burn!) for about 7 minutes. butter should be brown and have a nutty, sweet aroma. turn the heat off.
2. meanwhile bring a pot of water to a bowl. place asparagus in a steam basket over the water and put the top on. steam for about 5 minutes or until tender.
3. place steamed asparagus in the brown butter and toss until coated.

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