Asparagus with Orange-Cream Sauce and Cashews Recipe
- 2 1/2 pounds fresh asparagus
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups heavy cream
- salt to taste
- ground white pepper to taste
- 1 large orange - peeled, sectioned, and cut into large pieces
- 1/2 cup chopped cashews
- finely grated orange zest for garnish
step 1: Place asparagus in a steamer over 1 inch of boiling water. Cover and cook until tender but still firm, about 2 to 4 minutes. Drain, and set aside.
step 2: Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir in flour and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Gradually whisk in cream and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, or until lightly thickened. Season to taste with salt and white pepper. Remove from heat, and stir in orange pieces.
step 3: Arrange asparagus on a serving platter, and season lightly with salt. Pour cream sauce over asparagus, and sprinkle with chopped cashews and orange zest. Serve immediately.