Friday, February 02, 2007

Recipe for a Valentine

Here's a recipe that's perfect for a Valentine dinner. Fresh flavors and beautiful colors make this a special treat for two on a February day.

Orange-Scented Asparagus with Sweet Red Pepper and Kiwi

1/3 lb. fresh asparagus, trimmed
1/2 tsp. olive oil mixed with 1 tsp. warm water
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and julienned
1 tsp. frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 kiwifruit, peeled and thinly sliced
1 tsp. brown sugar

In a steamer or large pot of boiling water, cook asparagus for 7 minutes or until barely tender. While asparagus cooks, heat olive oil and water in small skillet over medium-high heat and saute red bell pepper, stirring frequently, until slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and gently stir in orange juice concentrate and brown sugar.

Drain cooked asparagus and arrange on two gratin dishes with kiwifruit. Spoon bell pepper and sauce on top. Serve immediately.

Serves: 2

Variation: Substitute lemon juice for orange juice. Use lemon slices instead of kiwifruit.

1 comment:

  1. Yum! We love asparagus here, though it's too early yet to get good local stuff. I'm keeping this recipe for future use, however; thanks.


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