Warm asparagus with herb mayonnaise

Warm asparagus with herb mayonnaise

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A Year In My Kitchen
Serves
4

Asparagus has a short glorious season straddling late spring and early summer – just 6 weeks from around the beginning of May. I choose to eat it only during its short stay with us, never feeling tempted to buy asparagus grown in foreign climates. There are many ways to enjoy it while it is here.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 bunches home-grown asparagus, (about 20-24 spears)
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Herb mayonnaise

Quantity Ingredient
150ml see method for ingredients
1 tablespoon chopped chives
1 tablespoon chopped tarragon leaves
1 tablespoon finely chopped curly parsley
1 tablespoon chopped basil
50ml creme fraiche

To serve

Quantity Ingredient
extra virgin olive oil, (ideally a gentle kind, such as ligurian)
lemon wedges

Method

  1. First, prepare the mayonnaise. Stir the chopped herbs and crème fraîche into the basic mayonnaise and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Set aside.
  2. While you prepare the asparagus, put a pot of really well salted water on to boil. Snap the asparagus stalks close to the base to remove their woody ends. Using a swivel peeler, finely peel the skin from the bottom third of the stalks. This might seem an old-fashioned way of presenting asparagus, but I find the pale, greeny white flesh underneath beautiful, especially against the vibrant green of the just-cooked asparagus tips.
  3. When the water is really boiling, drop in the asparagus. Bring back to the boil and cook until just tender – this takes very little time, usually no more than 45 seconds.
  4. Drain the asparagus immediately and place on warm serving plates. Drizzle with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil and serve with the herb mayonnaise and a wedge of lemon on the side.

Note

  • All green vegetables should be cooked in really well salted water – salty as seawater. This helps to keep their colour vibrant and their taste pure.
Tags:
seasonal
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