Orange-Simmered Asparagus

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Author Notes: This is one of my favorite ways to serve asparagus. When I first saw Emeril simmer the spears in OJ, I thought, "How odd!" But the two totally work together, so I adapted it a bit to UP the orange. The spears also are yummy cold, with a splash or orange-infused vinegar, so this is really two dishes in one!AmyW

Serves 2-4

  • 1 pound asparagus spears, the thin ones, if you can find them
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 splash extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 cups not-from-concentrate orange juice, enough just to cover spears.
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange zest
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Trim woody ends of spears and wash well and pat dry.
  2. Heat oil in a non-stick sautee pan that's large enough to hold the OJ and the spears in little more than one layer. Once oil is heated on medium setting, add diced onion and sautee until softened and translucent.
  3. Add orange juice to pan, reduce heat and gently simmer until spears are crisp tender. Really only 3-4 minutes.
  4. Remove spears to warmed plate and season with salt and pepper, as desired. Garnish with fresh orange zest and serve.
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