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Perfect Asparagus

The best way to celebrate asparagus when it is in season come spring. Overcooking asparagus ruins it — it takes no more than five minutes to cook to perfection.

Prep Time

5 mins

Cook Time

5 mins

Serves

8

Quick & Easy

Nut Free

Vegetarian

Gluten Free

Salads & Sides

$

Special Occasions

Kiwi

Kids

Ingredients

2-3 big handfuls of asparagus, (about 6 per person)

1 cup water

1 tbsp butter

1 tsp salt

Method

STEP 1

Snap the tough ends from the asparagus spears (the tough bases can be boiled for stock).

Place water, butter and salt in a large pot or frypan that is wide enough to hold the asparagus lying flat, and bring to a boil.

Once water boils, add asparagus, cover and cook until just tender (3-5 minutes, depending on thickness).

Drain well, pile onto a serving platter and serve at once.

NOTES

To prepare asparagus, snap the spears as near to the base as they will allow – this finds the spot where they change from tender to tough.

It only takes about 48 hours for asparagus to grow from a little tip to a spear ready to harvest.

Look for firm, tight heads and crisp stems and store with the cut ends in cold water, like bulb flowers.

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