Asparagus with Delicious Dip

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Asparagus with Delicious Dip
Cook Time 15 minutes

If you want to serve the asparagus hot, simply omit the dip and the cold-water rinse, then add butter, salt, and a squeeze of lemon juice to taste.

What you'll need

  • 1 or 2 bunches of very fresh asparagus (the bottoms should look moist and freshly cut)
  • 1/2 cup Hellman's or Best Foods mayonnaise (not reduced-fat)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon chipotle puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (or half as much table salt)

How to make it

  1. Wash the asparagus in a large sinkful of cold water while you bring an inch of water to a boil over high heat in a very wide pan.

  2. Now snap the bottom off of each asparagus spear: there will be a place where it naturally wants to break, a couple inches up from the very bottom, and you will feel this if you bend it a bit. Add the asparagus to the boiling water, spreading them out in the pan as best as you can, and cover.

  3. Check for doneness starting at 2 minutes: stick the tip of a paring knife into one and see if it feels tender. If not, boil another minute or two, moving them around in the pan with tongs so that they all get a fair shot at submersion.

  4. Drain them and run cold water over them until they're cool, then spread them out on a clean dishtowel to dry.

  5. Meanwhile you've whisked together the mayo, lemon juice, garlic, chipotle, and salt. Use a cooked asparagus to taste the dip, and re-season it if it needs more salt, chipotle, or lemon juice. Then serve and eat!

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