Holiday Feature

Asparagus with
Toasted Bread Crumbs

Makes 6 servings


Mrs. Hatch's voice: George Bailey! What's he want?

Mary: I don't know. (to George) What do you want?

George: Me? Not a thing. I just came in to get warm.

Mary: (to Mother) He's making violent love to me, mother.


2 pounds (920 g) asparagus, trimmed
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup (40 g) seasoned bread crumbs
1 lemon


Steam asparagus 5 to 7 minutes, until tender but not mushy. In a small pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add bread crumbs and sauté about 5 minutes, until dark brown, being careful not to burn. Squeeze lemon juice over asparagus and sprinkle generously with bread crumbs. Serve immediately. This also works well with broccoli.

Recipe from:

It's a Wonderful Life Cookbook
by Sarah Key and Virginia Saxe Critton
$7.95 (hardback)
Abbeville Press Publishers
ISBN 0-7892-0007-4
Recipe reprinted by permission.


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This page created December 1998; modified November 2006