Crunchy almonds, lemon, orange and garlic add bright flavours to fresh asparagus in this recipe for Charred Asparagus with Warm Citrus Sauce.
Course Vegetable Side
Cuisine American, Canadian
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 20minutes
Total Time 30minutes
Author Flavour and Savour
1 1/2lbs.fresh asparagus spears,trimmed
1tsplemon zest,finely grated
1tsporange zest,finely grated
1tbspbutter,(or coconut oil)
2tbspextra-virgin olive oil (divided)
2tbspfresh orange juice
2tbspfresh lemon juice
sea salt and pepper
Heat oven to 375°F. Spread 1/4 cup almonds on baking sheet and toast for 8 - 10 minutes or until beginning to darken. Let cool, then coarsely chop.
In a small saucepan over low heat, combine butter, 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil, garlic, oregano, orange zest and lemon zest. Swirl occasionally and cook for 10 - 15 minutes or until garlic becomes golden brown and fragrant. Remove from heat and stir in orange juice, lemon juice, sea salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, snap tough ends from asparagus spears. Save for another use.
Heat broiler. Toss asparagus spears with remaining 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and arrange on a baking sheet. Broil until they begin to develop deep brown spots and are crisp-tender. Transfer to serving dish, sprinkle with chopped almonds and drizzle with citrus sauce. Serve warm.