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Sauteed White Asparagus and Endive in Orange Sauce

Succulent white asparagus and bitter endive are braised in fresh orange juice, then topped with a sauce made of the thickened juice mixed with white wine and Grand Marnier.

  • Servings: 4

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 1999


  • 1 navel orange
  • 1 pound medium white asparagus
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 heads Belgian endive, quartered lengthwise
  • 10 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Salt
  • 1 tablespoon dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier


  1. Using a citrus zester, remove orange zest in very thin strips from half of the orange, and set aside. Using a sharp knife, remove and discard peel and pith from orange; cut orange crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick rounds; cut rounds into quarters, and set aside.

  2. Snap off and discard tough ends of asparagus. Using a vegetable peeler, remove outer layer of asparagus. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add asparagus and endive; saute until endive is golden brown, about 4 minutes.

  3. Add 5 tablespoons orange juice and 3/4 teaspoon salt; braise, covered, until just tender, about 8 minutes. Transfer asparagus and endive to plates; set aside in a warm place.

  4. Add wine, remaining 5 tablespoons orange juice, and Grand Marnier to pan. Swirl liquid, deglazing pan. Remove from heat; swirl in remaining tablespoon butter. Drizzle sauce over asparagus and endive; garnish with reserved orange pieces and zest. Serve immediately.

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