Source: Star Tribune - Julie's Asparagus
Servings/Yield: 4 servings
1 lb. fresh asparagus spears
2 Tbsp. butter
salt and pepper - to taste
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Rinse and drain the asparagus, and snap off the tough ends where they break naturally. (Do not peel). Arrange the spears in a 13 by 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish in 1 or 2 layers.
Place the butter in a 1-cup glass measure and microwave, covered with a paper towel, on high, until melted, about 30 seconds. Drizzle the butter over the asparagus and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Cover the dish snugly with aluminum foil. Bake until crisp tender, about 15 minutes, or longer to desired doneness. Serve at once.
This recipe doubles or triples beautifully. Just be sure the asparagus is no more than a layer or two thick, or it will not cook evenly.
© Barbara Deitch 2020