Asparagus With Orange Shallot Sauce

Asparagus With Orange Shallot Sauce
Recipe by Laura Caulder

It's spring and that means lots and lots of asparagus. Asparagus is one of my favourite vegetables and this time of year, I can't get enough. When I saw Laura Caulder, from French Food At Home, make this dish, I knew I had to try it that night. :) It tastes amazing and it is oh so pretty. This dish is elegance on a plate. Enjoy!

Yield: 4

2 oranges
1 pink shallot
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon honey (my addition)
Salt and pepper
20 spears green asparagus, trimmed
Parmesan cheese, for shaving

1. First, make the dressing: Zest one orange into a bowl, then juice both oranges and boil the juice down in a small saucepan to about 3 tablespoons. Meanwhile, mince the shallot and put it in a ramekin with the vinegar poured over. Set aside five minutes. Add the mustard to the zest.

2. When the orange juice has reduced, strain it over the zest. Drain the shallot, discarding the vinegar, and add. Whisk all together, then slowly whisk in the oil and honey. Taste, and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

3. Bring a sauté pan full of water to the boil. Salt it, then add the asparagus and cook until tender. Drain, and immediately rinse under ice-cold water to set the colour. Pat dry with paper towels and transfer to a serving platter. Spoon over the sauce.

4. Shave over Parmesan cheese. Grind over some pepper and serve.


Elin Chia said...

This is my favourite veggie. Looks delish! :) Thanks for sharing

Priya Suresh said...

Wat a super delicious dish..

Peter M said...

I love asparagus and this sauce is unusual enough for me to have to try.

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

We love asparagus at our house and are always looking for more recipes. I'll be coping this sauce for my files. I'm dying to give it a try.

RecipeGirl said...

This looks mighty delicious! I just came home with a huge bunch of asparagus from Sam's Club & I need to use them up!!

Ana Powell said...

Delicious and so good looking dish.
Very good photo x

Muneeba said...

Gorgeous side dish for a party! And totally seasonal too!

WineDineTv said...

Thank you for sharing! Know I have an other variation for my favorite vegi. Next time in Germany have to try it with white asparagus too.

Lady Jane Scarlett said...

The sauce is delicious, good call on the honey!
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