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This recipe appears in Vegetable Harvest: Vegetables at the Center of the Plate by Patricia Wells, William Morrow 2007.

Asparagus Braised with Fresh Rosemary and Bay Leaves

4 servings

EQUIPMENT: A large skillet with a lid.


16 plump spears (about 2 pounds) fresh white or green asparagus

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon coarse sea salt

Several sprigs fresh rosemary

Several bay leaves, preferably fresh


Rinse the asparagus and trim the tough ends. In a skillet large enough to hold the asparagus in a single layer, combine the oil, asparagus, salt, rosemary, and bay leaves. Sprinkle with several tablespoons of cold water. Cover. Cook over high heat just until the oil and water mixture begins to sizzle. Reduce the heat to medium and braise the asparagus, turning from time to time, just until the vegetable begins to brown in spots, 8 to 10 minutes (depending on the thickness of the asparagus). Serve immediately.