Pan-Steamed Asparagus with Lemon-Caper Mayonnaise
Stirring a few brightly flavored ingredients into store-bought mayonnaise gives you a tangy sauce for simple steamed asparagus. The sauce is also delicious with fish, especially salmon.
1 lb. asparagus, trimmed of tough, woody stems
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 medium cloves garlic, pressed or minced
2 Tbs. chopped (not rinsed) capers
1 Tbs. Dijon mustard
2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
3/4 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
Freshly ground black pepper
Put the asparagus in a 12-inch skillet with 1 cup water and 1/2 tsp. salt. Cover and steam over high heat until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together the mayonnaise, garlic, capers, mustard, lemon juice, lemon zest, and 1/8 tsp. pepper. Serve the asparagus with the sauce.
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photo: Scott Phillips
From Fine Cooking 116
, pp. 73
March 1, 2012