Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Butter

asparagus with balsamic butter

Asparagus is in season and the asparagus in our garden here on the farm is ready to harvest. One of the things I like most about this vegetable is that it’s a simple, delicious compliment to any meal. A neighbor here in Big Sandy, Montana recommended this particular recipe to me with a great deal of enthusiasm and I’m eager to give it a try. You’ll have to let me know what you think!

20-25 asparagus spears, trimmed
1 tablespoon safflower oil (a virgin olive oil works, as well)
salt and pepper to taste
4 tablespoons butter, melted
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
parmesan cheese, grated (optional)

Arrange the asparagus on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Coat with safflower oil and season with salt and pepper.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake asparagus at 400° F for 10 minutes.

Melt the butter and stir in balsamic vinegar. Pour over baked asparagus, recover and bake for another 2-3 minutes, or until tender.

Sprinkle baked asparagus with grated parmesan (optional) and serve.