Pan-Steamed Asparagus with Mint and Almonds
Why This Recipe Works
We wanted to preserve the fresh, sweet, grassy flavor of asparagus and ensure a crisp-tender texture without the drawbacks of steaming, which can leave asparagus washed-out and bland. Instead, we steamed the asparagus in a small amount of water in a skillet to which we also added butter, salt, and garlic. We then allowed the water to evaporate, leaving the asparagus perfectly crisp-tender. Finally, we tossed the asparagus with sherry vinegar, mint, and smoked paprika and sprinkled it with sliced almonds for a nutty crunch.