Sauteed Asparagus With Toasted Almonds
|1||pound trimmed fresh asparagus|
|1||tablespoon olive oil|
|3||tablespoons sliced almonds|
|1||teaspoon Dijon mustard|
|1||tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice|
|¼||cup extra virgin olive oil|
|salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste|
|1||teaspoon lemon zest, for garnish|
Fill a large skillet with water to a depth of ¼-inch. Place trimmed asparagus in skillet, cover, and steam over medium-high heat just until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes, depending on thickness of asparagus. Drain and set aside.
Dry skillet with paper towels; place over medium-low heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil, and tilt pan to coat bottom of skillet. Add sliced almonds. Saute almonds 1 to 2 minutes until almonds are toasted; transfer to a small plate and set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard, lemon juice, and remaining oil until mixture is emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.
Return asparagus to skillet and place over medium-low heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the vinaigrette mixture and toss well to coat. When asparagus is hot, transfer to a serving platter, dress with vinaigrette, and garnish with toasted almonds and lemon zest.
Recipe serves 4.