Spicy Honey Balsamic Asparagus

Asparagus.

I can usually take it or leave it.

One of those things that you just “like alright” but don’t really go nutzo for, ya know?

But this recipe that I threw together for Christmas Eve Wigilia may have changed my mind a bit.

The perfect balance of sweet and spicy complimented fresh, crisp asparagus really quite wonderfully.  Fair to say I’d make this again in a heartbeat.

It was just too easy.  And the flavors on point.  Asparagus for the win?

Start by rinsing the asparagus then just breaking them wherever the stems snap.  This is a little trick to ensure that you won’t be eating the tougher ends of the veg. Works like a charm every time.

Into a pan they go, over medium heat, with 1 tblsp olive oil.  Sauteed  until they start to get slightly tender, about 5 minutes or so.

Then add honey, vinegar, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.  Cover the pan and let continue cooking for another 5-10 minutes, or until the asparagus are as done as you like them.

Fanatic Fam likes theirs tender with a hint of crispness.  Nothing’s worse than a tough overcooked asaparagus stem in my opinion…

Kidding. 

But definitely not preferred ;)

An easy side dish to dress up an otherwise simple green vegetable.  Try it, I think you’ll like it!

P.S. So glad  ya’ll enjoyed the 5-Step Pumpkin French Toast Bake the other day! A few friends told me they were going to give it a try so definitely let me know if you do too and what ya think?! :)

Happy Thursday ya’ll.

5 Responses to Spicy Honey Balsamic Asparagus

  1. No love for asparagus? I heart it to pieces! I bet this coating would be awesome on Brussels sprouts too! I am totally trying your pumpkin french toast! I can’t wait.

    • It’s so funny you say that, for XMas dinner I actually did honey on brussels, but sans the vinegar and added some sliced almonds! Twas delicious :) Hope you enjoy the french toast my dear, xoxo!

  2. I love asparagus, but don’t buy it often because I don’t like it reheated. This would be great for entertaining!

  3. Mmm, that asparagus would have gone perfectly with our Honey Baked Ham Christmas dinner… Ham is all gone, maybe it’s a reason to buy more :P

  4. I actually love asparagus but get bored eating it the same way all the time, this looks great!

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