Asparagus with Sesame and Chive Blossom

  • 1-pound medium-thick asparagus, washed, trimmed and cut diagonally into 1-inch lengths
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 16 chive blossoms, rinsed and stems removed to separate petals
  • Whole chive blossoms for garnish

 

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and drop in asparagus. Return to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove from heat, drain and rinse under cold water until cool to the touch. Drain well.In a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil and sesame seeds and stir for 1 minute. Add snipped chives and stir another minute. Add asparagus, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Stir well, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 3 minutes.

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