Asparagus with Ramp Butter

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I’ve been picking asparagus for several days and finally had enough in the refrigerator for a meal. Meaning – at least 20 some spears per person. We feast while we can! Asparagus has a short season and this year I have discovered that my asparagus bed is infested with asparagus beetles. After a few pickings I will have to spray the bed with B.t. var. San Diego and then allow the fronds to grow the rest of the summer.

I decided to use some of the Ramp Butter I had in the freezer for tonights asparagus. I used a large skillet with a lid to simmer the asparagus until it was succulent and coated with ramps and butter. The asparagus cooked in less that ten minutes and was sooooo good!

You will need:
1/2 to 3/4 cup water
2 slices of Ramp Butter
A few handfuls of fresh asparagus
Salt and Pepper

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Add the water and Ramp Butter to the skillet. Bring the water to a simmer and allow the ramp butter to melt. Lay the asparagus in the skillet and bring the water back to a simmer. Put a lid on the skillet and allow the asparagus to simmer in the water and ramp butter. The water will cook away leaving the asparagus coated with butter and spotted with sliced ramps. Watch carefully and remove from the heat when the asparagus is tender but before it gets too soft. Lightly salt and pepper the asparagus.

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What you end up with is slightly crunchy asparagus coated with butter and dotted with sliced ramps. Finger food at its best! Close your eyes, take a bite, say “Yum!” We had our asparagus at the end of an exhausting day in the garden. Too tired to cook anything very involved, we paired our asparagus with peanut butter, homemade wild grape jelly and peanut sandwiches, fresh oranges and a pot of hot tea. We had our gourmet dinner ready in about 15 minutes and ate it while we watched a movie. We put our feet up – our pajamas on – and said Amen to a spring day in the garden.

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Hey from the farm,
Fran The Country Cousin

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