Mean Chef's Asparagus With Orange-Sesame Butter

“This is an adopted recipe, was originally submitted by the legendary Mean Chef. I have not made any changes to it (I wouldn't dare!)”

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  1. Snap the ends from the asparagus — they'll break at the point of tenderness.
  2. Or slice the ends off closer to the root end and peel spears with a swivel-bladed vegetable peeler.
  3. Rinse, then soak for a few minutes in a couple of changes of cold, lightly salted water.
  4. Agitate lightly to release grit that may be trapped.
  5. Rinse well again.
  6. Drain and pat with paper towels to absorb moisture.
  7. Spread asparagus in a single layer on a large, rimmed baking sheet.
  8. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  9. Shake pan to distribute ingredients.
  10. Roast in a preheated 425-degree oven 12 to 15 minutes.
  11. Test for tenderness.
  12. While the asparagus is cooking, melt the butter in a small saucepan.
  13. Whisk in the juice concentrate, sesame oil, ¼ teaspoon salt and several grindings black pepper.
  14. Keep warm.
  15. Transfer asparagus to a serving dish.
  16. Drizzle with the butter, sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve immediately.

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