|1/8||Teaspoon(t)||freshly ground pepper|
|2||Teaspoon(t)||fresh orange juice|
|1||Teaspoon(t)||orange rind, grated|
|1||Tablespoon(T)||fresh chives, minced|
To make orange sauce combine all ingredients, less the asparagus. Cover sauce, and chill 1 hour.
Snap off and discard tough ends of asparagus; remove scales with a vegetable peeler.
Fill a vegetable steamer with 2 inches water, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Place asparagus, cut ends down, in steamer basket; place basket in steamer. Cover, and steam 6 to 7 minutes or just until asparagus spears are tender.
Plunge asparagus into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain.
Arrange asparagus spears on serving platter. Garnish with orange sauce, if desired, and serve with asparagus.