Spring Fresh Asparagus with toasted walnuts and feta cheese combine for a tasty side dish that goes well with all your grilling recipes!
Fresh pencil thin shoots of Spring Sauteed Asparagus are a favorite side dish at this Nest, with the “Big Birds”, this time of year. I prefer asparagus sauteed or roasted, over steamed. It’s just a personal choice…well that, and I’m not a huge fan of slime!
If you’re not an Asparagus lover, like my ungrateful children…lol…may I suggest…sauteed Asparagus. Such a huge difference over steamed! It is crisp, yet tender, and packed with flavor. (In other words…it’s not like the algae from the bottom of the pond! YUM!)
This Asparagus side dish is cooked in a rich nutty walnut oil, seasoned with minced garlic, coarse black pepper, and salt.
Tossed with toasted walnuts for extra flavor, and sprinkled with creamy, flavor packed, feta cheese. It’s truly one of the easiest asparagus side dishes you’ll make this spring!
I made this side dish to go with our Valentines dinner. Asparagus really is a delicacy. It can make an everyday meal seem extra special.
This is such an easy, simple, delicious dish that if you blink you’ll miss the recipe! I’m not kidding. I almost feel guilty making an entire post for this side dish. I love it so much though that I had to share it.
In a large Skillet, over medium high heat, place 1 Tablespoon Walnut Oil or Olive Oil, and 1 tablespoon butter.
TIP: Butter added to Olive Oil helps prevent the butter from burning. I know “browned butter” is all the rage…just not in this dish.
Add Minced Garlic and Chopped Walnuts. Season with Salt and Pepper to taste.
Cook over medium high heat, sauteing constantly, until asparagus turns dark green, is tender, yet crisp. I like to call it “fork tender”. (So do some other “real chefs”…lol)
Place in a serving dish and sprinkle with fresh crumbled feta cheese.
That’s the entire recipe! So simple and yet such an elegant Sauteed Asparagus Side Dish. I truly love the delicate tender sprigs of Asparagus surrounded with delicate walnut butter, toasted flavorful walnuts and creamy feta.
The flavors and textures of this dish combine beautifully. You’ll look like a pro with this easy asparagus side dish. (Move over Gordon Ramsey…there’s a new side dish queen in the house!)
Hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do.
It would go perfectly with your Easter Ham or Lamb. It goes great with grilled steaks or chicken. Just be sure to hurry and make it while we are at the peak of the season!
If you’re really lucky, like us, the “other chicks” at your Nest won’t like it either…more for you! Score!!! (They don’t need to know what they’re missing out on! lol)
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