Braised Asparagus

  • Serves: 4 people
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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup homemade chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a 12-inch straight-sided sauté pan over high heat until lightly smoking. Add asparagus in as close to a single layer as possible, season with salt and pepper, and cook without moving until lightly browned, about 11/2 minutes.
  2. Shake pan and cook until browned again, 11/2 minutes longer.
  3. Add stock and butter to pan and immediately cover.
  4. Continue to cook until asparagus is completely tender and stock and butter have emulsified and reduced to a shiny glaze, 7 to 10 minutes. If stock completely evaporates and butter starts to burn before asparagus is cooked through, top up with a few tablespoons of water. Serve immediately.
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