Simple sautéed asparagus pairs well with bright cherry tomatoes. A splash of cream and Parmesan rounds everything out. A perfect side dish for a holiday meal.

Sautéed Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes
Here’s why I love social media: a few days ago my sister-in-law Sandi went on our local mom’s Facebook group and asked if anybody knew of any poppy fields that were blooming. Like, what kind of obscure request is that, right?
Sautéed Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes
Sautéed Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes
Boom. 10 minutes later, a random lady had provided the name of a park on the river, with specific instructions on how to hike to the illustrious Field of Poppies. So off we went, cameras in hand.
Sautéed Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes
I took a bazillion pictures of flowers and got one semi-decent shot (if you are a Real Photographer, stop snickering, it makes you sounds like a horse anyway):
Sautéed Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes
Aaaaaaand here’s what Sandi got:
Sautéed Asparagus and Cherry TomatoesPhoto credit: Flip Flip Photography

I’m not really sure how she succeeded in making my baby look like the Jolliest Christmas Elf That Ever Was, but she totally did. I can just see him with a tiny little hammer tinkering away at an Etch-a-Sketch, pointy ears a-twitching.

Sautéed Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes
Truman was the easy one. Charlotte, on the other hand, totally freezes up when more than one person is paying attention to her. We ask her to smile, we get a grimace with upturned lips. We tickle her, she squirms mercilessly. We offer Fruit Loop bribes and get a meltdown when she can’t hold the baggie. Somehow, SOMEHOW, Sandi managed to make her look adorable and smiley.
Sautéed Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes

As if to rub it in our face, Charlotte the Stoic was laughing and singing the whole car ride home. She giggled like a maniac about how half of her booty is purple and the other half is green and poopy poopy poopy. How did I not think of resorting to potty humor when it mattered most??

If you want to see the rest of the shoot, here it is. Thanks Sandi for photoshopping in both mine and Eric’s heads on the family shot so that we didn’t look like huge-mouthed Muppet characters (we were trying to make our kids smile for the camera.) Your talent is dumbfounding.

Sautéed Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes

So who’s ready for some Starburst Jelly Beans and giant Reeses Eggs? Oh wait, I mean healthy asparagus and spring ham. Whichever way you swing, Easter is coming up and I am SO excited! Easter has the best candy. I mean, the best vegetables. Whatever.

This asparagus is sautéed up with some cherry tomatoes and finished off with a splash of cream and a smattering of fresh Parm for good measure. I mean, you can’t really go wrong with this combo. I blanched the asparagus first to keep it pretty, but you can skip that step and just sauté it if you want. This would be a perfectly easy side to add to your Easter menu! And don’t forget these Gruyere-Crisped Potatoes Au Gratin. That would be tragic. Happy spring everybody!!

P.S. Guess what! I’m doing my first guest post on Friday. My friend Claire over at Lemon Jelly Cake just had her baby boy and I’m filling in for her! Stay tuned!

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Sautéed Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes

Serves Makes 4-6 side servings     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 6-8 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bunch (1 pound) asparagus
  • 1 dry pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Instructions

  1. Wash the asparagus and snap off the woody ends.
  2. In a large pot, bring 6-8 cups of water to a boil over high heat. Add half a teaspoon of salt. When the water is boiling, add the asparagus and set a timer for one minute (don't turn down the heat). Just one minute, don't overdo it! You can do this in 2 batches if your pot is small.
  3. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the asparagus to a colander or bowl. Immediately run the asparagus under cold water for at least 10-15 seconds. (Or you could do an ice bath) You just need to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
  4. Cut half of the cherry tomatoes in half.
  5. In a large skillet, heat butter and olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic when it is hot. Saute for 1 minute, then add all the cherry tomatoes, both the whole ones and the cut ones.
  6. Cook the tomatoes for about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until some of the whole ones have burst. Turn the heat up to medium high. Add the blanched asparagus and continue to cook for another 5-8 minutes, or until the asparagus is as crisp-tender as you like it. (Taste it!)
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Remove from heat and add 2 tablespoons of cream and some grated parmesan. Eat hot!

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