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  1. 1 1/2 pounds asparagus -- fresh

  2. 3 tablespoons butter

  3. 1/4 cup water

  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt

  5. 1 dash pepper

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Preparation : Wash asparagus, removing with knife, scales that hold sand and grit. Lay 2 or 3 asparagus stalks together on cutting board. With sharp knife, cut on very long, slanting diagonal to end of green length of stalk, making bias slices not more than 1/4" thick and 1 1/2" long. Put butter and water in large skillet with tight cover; heat. Add asparagus, salt, and pepper. Cook, covered, over high heat 5 minutes, shaking skillet occasionally and checking once to see whether a bit more water is needed. Test asparagus with fork; if not tender-crisp, cook 1 minute more. Uncover at once, serve quickly.


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