I have mentioned my slight obsession with vegetables in other posts. I would rather eat a plate of steamed veggies than a bag of chips any day. One of my absolute favorites is asparagus. My mom served it a lot growing up, and I have continued the trend of preparing a lot of it. In the summer I enjoy grilling it and in the winter I either steam or bake it. This baked recipe is incredible! It is a little bit embarrassing to admit that only a few stalks of it were set on our dinner table because I had already eaten most of it up. Oops.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Trim the ends off one bunch of asparagus and arrange on a baking sheet. Coat with cooking spray and season with salt and pepper.
Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. I always err on the side of crunchy vegetables, so I usually start checking them after about 8 minutes. There is nothing worse than a mouthful of green mushiness.
In a saucepan, melt 3 Tablespoons of butter over medium heat.
Remove from heat and stir in 1 Tablespoon of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar.
Place the baked asparagus in a serving dish and pour the contents of the saucepan over top.
Try your hardest not to pluck a stalk straight from the serving dish before setting it on the table.
Because if you do, this is what will be left for your family.