You guys have seen Sound of Music right? Who hasn’t. I watched that movie every single time I stayed home sick from school when I was a kid. Every. Single. Time. My logic was that the movie lasted 3 hours, so that takes up most of the day right? What kind of boring kid was I?
Or maybe this just reflects my pathetic math skills as a child. (And, okay, now too.) My oldest brother left on his 2-year mission when I was 8 years old and in the 3rd grade. I calculated that I would be in the 5th grade and 13 years old when he got back. I obviously was under this false impression long enough for it to be ingrained in my long-term memory.
Back to the Sound of Music. I turned it on the other day because I was folding laundry, and I don’t know about you, but if I don’t have some sort of entertainment when I am folding laundry I actually start to melt from boredom. But apparently 13-month-old Charlotte thought it wasn’t enough, because in the opening scenes of the movie when they are showing choirs of nuns singing moan-y hymns, she deliberately walked up to the stereo and started blasting Mysterious Ways by U2. Then she started head-banging.
This is the best asparagus I have ever tasted. I will admit that I have not always been an asparagus-lover; I am learning. But there was no learning necessary with this stuff. The browned butter flavor is not overpowered at all by the soy sauce. In fact, I couldn’t even taste the soy sauce. Just beautiful amazing balsamic-browned butter, as the title claims. Also, this recipe literally takes about 20 minutes start to finish, super quick. I made this on the same day I made my mashed potatoes. Try drizzling the extra asparagus sauce over the potatoes…amazing.
If you plan to make an epic Easter meal, I recommend this asparagus recipe, Raspberry Chipotle Glazed Ham, Mashed Potatoes, and these big fat buttery Crescent Rolls. It will be incredible and everybody will love you.
Happy Easter everyone! I hope you enjoy spending time with your family, and I especially hope you remember that Easter is about our Savior, Jesus Christ, whom I testify is indeed risen.
Balsamic-Browned Butter Asparagus
Source: Southern Living
Note: I only used one bunch of asparagus when I made this (which was a poor choice because we ate ALL of it and I definitely wanted more). For one bunch, I only halved the sauce; this was probably a little generous, but not if you are drizzling the rest over your mashed potatoes…yum.
4 pounds fresh asparagus
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/4 cup butter
4 teaspoons lite soy sauce
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
Snap off and discard tough ends of asparagus.
Arrange asparagus evenly on a lightly greased 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper; toss to coat.
Bake asparagus at 400° for 15 minutes or just until tender.
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 minutes or until butter is lightly browned. (Go here if you have never browned butter before. I promise it is really easy.) Remove from heat; stir in soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. Transfer asparagus to a serving plate. Drizzle sauce over asparagus, tossing to coat. Serve immediately.