Roasted Asparagus with Browned Butter

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Serves 5-6 as a side dish

This is a very simple preparation, and browning the butter adds a nutty-sweetness.

1 bunch of asparagus, trimmed whole

1 Tbsp olive oil

3 - 4 Tbsp good quality butter

Sea salt or kosher salt to taste

Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees.

Toss the asparagus in a bowl with the olive oil and lay the asparagus on a sheet pan in one layer. Depending on its thickness roast the asparagus for 6 - 10 minutes. The asparagus is done when its surface begins to slightly pucker and there is some browning on the bottom. They will turn bright green in color.

While the asparagus are in the oven, heat a small saucepan on medium-low and add the butter. Once the butter is melted, reduce the heat to low and continue to cook. The butter will foam on the surface and when the foaming dissipates, the fat particles on the bottom of the pan will begin to turn brown. Once the particles are lightly browned remove the butter from the heat.

Transfer the roasted asparagus to a serving platter and drizzle with the browned butter. Sprinkle with the sea salt or kosher salt to taste.