Asparagus with Orange-Saffron Sauce
- 2 pounds asparagus, tough ends trimmed and stems peeled
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 5 threads saffron
- 1/8 teaspoon dried tarragon
- 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise
Cook asparagus in 1/2-inch lightly salted boiling water in large skillet for 5 to 7 minutes or until tender. Drain and cool the asparagus in an ice-water bath. When cooled, drain and place on serving dish. Cover and refrigerate.
Bring chicken broth to boiling in a small saucepan. Turn off the heat; add the saffron and tarragon. Cover and let stand for 4 minutes. Pour into a medium-size bowl to cool. Add orange zest, orange juice, salt and mayonnaise. Whisk together and refrigerate the sauce, covered, for 2 hours. The sauce can be made a day ahead.
To serve, pour the sauce over the asparagus.
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