Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
- 1 lb. white asparagus per person (or more), cleaned and peeled
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1 T. butter
Fill the tall or wide pan with water halfway (if asparagus is lying down fill three-quarters of the way). Add the salt, sugar and butter and bring the water to a gentle boil. Place the peeled asparagus either lying down in the pan, or standing up in an asparagus basket (it helps if you tie them into bundles with kitchen twine) that fits inside a tall asparagus or spaghetti cooker. Turn down heat so that water is just simmering. Close the pan with the lid.
Boil the asparagus 8 to 10 minutes or until soft enough for your liking. Remove from pan, drain somewhat and place on a preheated serving tray. Serve immediately with ham, melted butter and new, boiled potatoes. You may want to serve it with Hollandaise sauce, as well.