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Balsamic-Browned Butter Asparagus

The secret to browning butter without burning it is to use smell as a test for doneness--it should have a nutty aroma.

Southern Living NOVEMBER 2005

  • Yield: Makes 10 servings
  • Cook time:4 Minutes
  • Prep time:10 Minutes
  • Bake:15 Minutes


  • 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. Remove from heat; stir in soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. Drizzle over asparagus, tossing to coat. Serve immediately.


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