Blistered Asparagus with Herbed Cream Sauce

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Blistered Asparagus with Herbed Cream Sauce

Zesty lemon and a trio of herbs dresses up verdant asparagus that’s at its peak of freshness in spring.

Blistered Asparagus with Herbed Cream Sauce
 
Makes 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1½ teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1½ pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • Garnish: lemon zest strips
Instructions
  1. In a 12-inch cast-iron skillet, add flour; slowly whisk in cream until smooth. Whisk in garlic, parsley, oregano, thyme, zest, ¼ teaspoon salt, and pepper. Bring mixture to a low boil over medium heat, whisking frequently; cook, whisking constantly, until thickened and bubbly, about 4 minutes. Pour sauce into a small bowl; keep warm. Wipe skillet clean.
  2. In skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add asparagus and remaining ½ teaspoon salt; cook, turning occasionally, until browned, about 10 minutes. Drizzle warm sauce onto asparagus. Garnish with lemon zest, if desired. Serve immediately.
Notes
Green beans can be used instead of asparagus.