New Potatoes, Asparagus & Ham in Browned Butter


New Potatoes, Asparagus & Ham in Browned Butter

Believe it or not (browned butter?), this is a healthy recipe.  It was so good, my husband and I wanted to eat the whole recipe.  We had restraint.  Yummy!

If you have everything prepped ahead of time, this is a really quick and easy meal to get on the table fast.

Prep time:  30 minutes          Total time:  30 minutes          6 (1 1/4-cup) servings

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 pound (about 4 cups) small red new or baby potatoes, washed, quartered
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh asparagus, cleaned, cut into 2-inch pieces (woody ends removed)
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic
  • 3/4-pound cooked ham slice, cubed 3/4-inch (2 cups)
  • 1/3 cup butter (5 1/3 tbsp.)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper, if desired

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in 12-inch nonstick skillet until sizzling; add potatoes.  Cook over medium-high heat until potatoes are starting to brown (5 to 7 minutes).  Add 4 tablespoons water and salt; reduce heat to low.  Cover; cook 7 minutes.  Add remaining 2 tablespoons water, asparagus and garlic.  Cover; continue cooking until potatoes and asparagus are crisply tender (5 to 6 minutes).  Stir in ham; continue cooking until heated through (2 minutes).

Meanwhile, melt 1/3 cup butter in 1-quart saucepan over medium heat.  Continue cooking, stirring constantly and watching closely, until butter foams and just begins to turn golden (3 to 4 minutes).  Immediately remove from heat.

Place potato mixture into serving bowl.  Pour browned butter over potatoes.  Sprinkle with chives and seasoning, if desired; stir to combine.  Serve immediately.

1 serving.  Calories 240, Fat 14g, Cholesterol 55mg, Sodium 850mg, Carbohydrate 55g, Dietary Fiber 4g, Protein 14g

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