Meatless

Speedy’s 30 minute meals

You know that TV show where Jamie Oliver cooks four-course meals in 30 minutes? When TLC announced it would start airing in May, I was a bit skeptical about the whole thing. Four-course meals in 30 minutes? You gotta be a magician to do that.

Then, I saw one episode and I was impressed. The trick is not to cook one dish after another but to have everything cooking at the same time. Three burners on plus the oven… with a lot of focus and some above-average knife skills, it can be done.

Blanched asparagus spears are blanched in salted water then tossed in garlic-infused butter. Crispy garlic bits complete the dish.

Blanched asparagus spears are blanched in salted water then tossed in garlic-infused butter. Crispy garlic bits complete the dish.

I put it in my agenda but Speedy beat me to it. Not exactly a four-course meal but just a main dish plus a vegetable side dish but he did both at the same time and lunch today was ready before I was fully out of bed.

Oven-grilled pork and a side dish of boiled asparagus drizzled with butter and sprinkled with fried garlic bits. Very nice. And very good looking.

Blanched asparagus with butter and garlic
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Servings: 4
Author: Connie Veneracion
Ingredients
  • 200 grams baby asparagus
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • pepper
Instructions
  1. In a wide pan, boil enough water to reach a depth of two inches. Sprinkle in the salt.

  2. When the water boils, spread the asparagus in it and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. 

  3. Drain the asparagus and dump in a bowl of iced water to keep them crisp.

  4. In a small frying pan, melt the butter.

  5. Over medium heat, fry the garlic in the butter until browned and crisp.

  6. Arrange the asparagus on a plate. Pour the butter and garlic over them. Season with a little pepper.

Blanched asparagus spears are blanched in salted water then tossed in garlic-infused butter. Crispy garlic bits complete the dish.

Serve these buttery-garlicky asparagus spears with roast pork and have a ball.

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