A few nights ago Dan and I went out to dinner for our friend Marla's birthday. We went to The Yard in Phoenix which is a part of Culinary Dropout. Such amazing food and a very fun atmosphere. A part of their menu had a long list of small bites, we ordered some asparagus. Wow, it was so delicious! It was served cold with a balsamic glaze on top. Of course I decided to try to re-create it at home. It wasn't as great as the restaurant, but pretty damn close!
This recipe is extra easy if you already have some balsamic glaze. I have the recipe for balsamic glaze you can make yourself on my Balsamic Pork Tenderloin recipe. But I highly recommend just getting one pre-made. Trader Joe's has a cheap and delicious one.
Heat a medium pan over medium-high heat. Add a small amount of water, just enough to cover the bottom and bring to a boil. Add the asparagus and cook for a few minutes, depending on texture preference. I like mine to be slightly crunchy still.
Place the cooked asparagus directly into an ice bath of simply water and ice. This will stop the cooking and cool the asparagus. You can easily use leftover asparagus for this dish as well.
Remove from the water and toss with garlic salt and pepper. Drizzle balsamic glaze over the asparagus and enjoy. This is my new favorite way to have asparagus.
Balsamic Glazed Asparagus
Heat a medium pan over medium-high heat. Add enough water to cover the bottom of the pan and bring to a boil. Add asparagus and cook for a few minutes or until desired texture. Directly place in an ice bath of water and ice. Let chill a few minutes. Remove from the water and toss in garlic salt and pepper. Drizzle balsamic glaze on top.
Works perfectly with refrigerated, leftover asparagus as well.