Apartment cooking has its challenges, namely- NO GRILLING. But that lovely bit of browning down crisp-tender asparagus stalks calls to some like siren song. Dozens of attempts at broiling with olive oil resulted in defeat signaled by the smoke alarm. That is, until we learned that ghee has a higher smoke point. Now, the asparagus is achingly buttery, slightly charred, and the star of the meal. You’re welcome, apartment neighbors everywhere!
1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed
1 tbsp ghee, melted
1/2 tsp salt
Preheat broiler and place oven rack on the highest rung. Make sure asparagus is bone dry before starting. The tips cook faster than the stalks, so place spears side by side like good little soldiers with ends facing the same direction on a rimmed baking sheet.
Sprinkle salt and drizzle ghee over the veggies. Use your hands to coat evenly. It’s ok if some of the ghee hardens due to cold veggies.
Insert pan with the tips facing oven door. Broil undisturbed for 6 – 10 minutes, depending on veggie size and broiler temperature. The goal is to achieve a small dark line of charring on each stalk without scorching the tips.