Best Every Asparagus

Course : Asparagus
Serves: 4
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1 1/2 pounds asparagus -- fresh
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 dash pepper

Preparation / Directions:

Wash asparagus, removing with knife, scales that hold sand and grit. Lay 2 or 3 asparagus stalks together on cutting board. With sharp knife, cut on very long, slanting diagonal to end of green length of stalk, making bias slices not more than 1/4" thick and 1 1/2" long. Put butter and water in large skillet with tight cover; heat. Add asparagus, salt, and pepper. Cook, covered, over high heat 5 minutes, shaking skillet occasionally and checking once to see whether a bit more water is needed. Test asparagus with fork; if not tender-crisp, cook 1 minute more. Uncover at once, serve quickly.

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