One of my absolute favorite vegetables is asparagus. I love it steamed, roasted, grilled or sauteed. I like it cooked just enough so it still has a little bite to it. Al dente if you will (mushy is not a term I’m going for with asparagus). I fell in love with asparagus in Italy. My neighbors grew white asparagus. I watched year after year as they tended to these long mounds of dirt, and then one year, up popped the most beautiful asparagus I have ever seen.
It was worth the wait. Most good things are. These days white asparagus is not easy for me to come by so green it is. When it’s fresh and in season I grab as much as I can. I’m not picky I like it: grilled, baked, roasted even sauteed. The smaller, skinnier bunches of asparagus are absolutely perfect for sauteing.
I recently partnered with Land O’Lakes and joined in their Kitchen Conversations webinar series where they talked about food trends (think meatballs and popcorn, not together of course) and their new product Saute Express. The nice folks at Land O’ Lakes sent me a complimentary package of goodies and a few coupons to try out the new product. Sauté Express® Sauté Starters combines: butter, olive oil, and a variety of herbs and spices into a convenient square that cooks and flavors in one easy step!
It worked perfectly on my simple sauteed asparagus. I popped one of the cubes into my skillet, melted it and added my asparagus. It doesn’t get any simpler than that girls (and boys). This would make a delicious side dish to your Easter table (or for any regular dinner for that matter.)
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- 1 Land O' Lakes Savory Butter and Olive Oil Saute Express Cube
- 1 bunch fresh asparagus
- 1/2 lemon thinly sliced - optional
- Place saute express cube into skillet and melt over low heat.
- Add asparagus, increase heat to medium and toss until coated.
- Cook for approximately 5 minutes until asparagus is tender. If you're substituting larger asparagus it will take longer to cook.
- Garnish with lemon slices if desired.
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