Asparagus with Brown Butter Sauce and Hazelnuts

Source: Sound Consumer April 2009

Serves: 6



1 1/2 pounds asparagus

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into bits

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Salt and freshly ground pepper

3 tablespoons hazelnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped



Snap off tough ends of asparagus. Blanch in salted, boiling water for 3 to 4 minutes or until bright in color and just becoming tender. Plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain and arrange on six small plates.

Melt butter in small heavy skillet over moderately low heat, and then simmer until golden brown with a slightly nutty flavor. Watch carefully so it doesn’t burn.

Add lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste and swirl the pan to mix in (the sauce will foam). Add hazelnuts, and then spoon mixture over asparagus spears. Add more salt and pepper to taste.