Ok, I'm not going to lie. When I make this, I can't stop eating it. My husband likes it too, so I feel bad that I don't really share, but that doesn't seem to stop me from eating it all. I can't get enough of this. And I don't really like asparagus. It's the brown butter. I think it was created specifically for asparagus, because I don't really like either of them without the other. When you put them together, though, it tastes like magic. Seriously, magic.

1 bunch of asparagus, rinsed
1 T olive oil
1/2 t garlic salt
1/4 t pepper
2 T butter
1 T soy sauce
1 T balsamic vinegar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place asparagus on a baking pan, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper. I like to shake it around a little bit to coat the asparagus evenly. Then bake it for about 12 minutes, or until the asparagus is tender, but not burned. 

Meanwhile, brown the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. To brown the butter, you cook it past the point when it melts and then bubbles, until it clarifies, and turns juuuuuuust a little bit brown. Then, remove it from the heat, add in the soy sauce and balsamic vinegar, and stir it all together. 

Pour the sauce over the asparagus, and serve. It goes well with grilled steak.

Ok, now I'm hungry...

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