Grilled asparagus with verjuice hollandaise

Grilled asparagus with verjuice hollandaise
Serves 6 as a starter

1 1/2 cups (375ml)verjuice
1 fresh bay leaf
6 whole black peppercorns
25og unsalted butter
4 egg yolks
2 bunches asparagus, ends trimmed Extra virgin olive oil, to brush

Combine the verjuice, bay leaf and peppercorns in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer over high heat
for 8-10 minutes until reduced to 2-3 tablespoons. Strain and keep warm. Meanwhile, gently melt the butter in a small saucepan over very low heat. Once melted, skim off any white solids floating on the surface, then carefully pour the clarified butter that remains in the pan into another small saucepan and keep warm.

    You'll find there will be sorne milky-looking sediment underneath the butter in the pan  try to leave this behind. Place the egg yolks and strained verjuice mixture in a food processor and pulse to combine. With the motor running, very slowly add the clarified butter and continue processing until thick and combined the texture should be similar to mayonnaise. Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and sel aside. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. 

   Add the asparagus and cook for 1 minute. Drain, then refresh under cold water. Preheat a chargrill pan over high heat. Pat the asparagus dry with paper towel, brush with oil and cook, turning, for 2-3 minutes until charred and tender. Divide the asparagus among 6 plates. Drizzle with the hollandaise, season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve. * Verjuice lunripe grape juice] is from delis and gourmet food shops. Fresh bay leaves are from greengrocers.

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