I’m a big fan of simple, no-brainer recipes that are delicious enough to serve to guests. So, I consider it my duty to share our favorite asparagus with tarragon butter. I’ve been making this for decades, and it’s my go-to asparagus, company or not. It’s always a hit and never fails to impress, despite having just four ingredients. And that’s counting the pepper.
But isn’t asparagus like that one friend who’s always elegant and sophisticated, seemingly without trying? (In case you’re wondering, I’m never that friend.) I mean, all we’re doing here is steaming the veggies on the stove for 10 minutes, then topping them with melted, salted butter that’s been seasoned with tarragon and black pepper. It doesn’t sound like anything.
But as anyone who’s tried this at my house will attest, it’s everything. Even Mom makes this now.
The tarragon lends so much flavor, you don’t even need to add salt (but I haven’t tried it with unsalted butter.) In fact, I stock dried tarragon just for this asparagus. But I need to experiment using it in other dishes.
Do you use tarragon in your cooking? Let me know!
(Recipe Source: Adapted from a recipe I once saw in a Time cookbook)