BRIAN IN THE KITCHEN  brought to you by Stittsworth Meats

March 21 2012

Spring Vegetable Mix

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    2 tablespoons butter
    1 cup frozen pearl onions
    3 cups fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
    1 cup fresh carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch coins
    1 cup fresh snow peas, stemmed
    1 cup frozen artichokes
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 cup frozen green peas
    1/2 cup thinly sliced green scallion tops (snipping with scissors works well)
    Black pepper, to taste

Heat butter in a large, deep saute pan over medium-high heat. Carefully add pearl onions; saute until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat. (Can be prepared to this point a couple of hours ahead.)

Add asparagus, carrots, snow peas, artichokes, salt and 1/2 cup water to pan. Return to high heat; cover and cook until vegetables start to steam. Steam, covered, until almost tender, about 5 minutes. Add peas; continue to steam until vegetables are just tender, about 1 minute longer. Stir in scallion tops, and season with pepper and more salt, if necessary. Serve immediately.