Have yet to find a better way then blanching IMO
4 minute boil right to ice bath and then you are ready to cook them.
Saute' in butter and garlic in pan for a few minutes
or go right to hot grill to put a quick char and then to plate.
Cool thing is after they are blanched they can got to plastic bag and keep for a day or 2 until you are ready to finish them off
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