Asparagus with Sauce Gribiche

Asparagus with Sauce GribicheI love spring & summer vegetables in the UK, asparagus is my second favourite (peas are obviously number 1). Most of the time I serve asparagus with tons of butter, a splash of lemon juice, salt & pepper. Job done – delicious! Only occasionally do I bother trying something different & I am often disappointed with the results but not this time.

I made this as a starter for a supperclub which celebrates seasonal food. We host this at my new place of work – Regather in Sheffield. It is a co-op which was set up to get local people working together. One of our projects is a veg box scheme. We work with local growers as often as possible & everything is organic. One of the perks of working here is getting my hands on these wonderful ingredients.

I have now done two Eating Seasonally menus & I have loved designing & cooking them. The idea is to showcase the wonderful produce so there is a delicate balance between simplicity & doing some cheffy stuff. People do not want to pay to eat things they could make at home in 3 minutes. I knew that for May asparagus was a must. We can get it all year in the Uk now but I only buy the English stuff. Sorry to my former home – Peru – but your asparagus has no flavour. In May I eat it pretty much every day.

I reckon the best things to serve with asparagus are eggs, lemon, butter or olive oil & miso. Too many ingredients mask the delicate flavour. Becky suggested this Nigel Slater recipe for my menu as it combines those ingredients to great effect & is delicious with the fresh asparagus. I have to say the diners loved it. Several of our guests had never eaten asparagus & it made me very happy to see them get such joy from trying it.

This sauce is a great thing to serve if you have lots of people to feed or are not comfortable with using uncooked eggs. You can pretty much use any leafy herbs. I used tarragon because I wanted to have an aniseed flavour in there. I think chervil is traditional. Asparagus with Sauce Gribiche

Asparagus with Sauce Gribiche

Ingredients: (Serves 6)

6 portions of asparagus (I used 4 per person as they were large)

4 eggs

2 tsp dijon mustard (or wholegrain)

2 tsp white wine vinegar

2 tsp lemon juice

125ml olive oil

2 tbsp capers

2 tbsp chopped gherkins

about 2 tbsp tarragon & parsley – finely chopped

salt & pepper

Preparation (about 20 minutes):

  1. Boil the eggs for about 8 minutes so that the yolks are firm but not overcooked. Cool
  2. Remove the yolks & mash them thoroughly. Put them into a mixing bowl with the dijon
  3. Chop the egg whites & set aside
  4. Meanwhile put some salty water on to boil for the asparagus. Cook it for a few minutes until tender but still al dente
  5. Whisk the olive oil into the yolks & dijon to create a thick sauceAsparagus with Sauce GribicheAsparagus with Sauce Gribiche
  6. Add the rest of the ingredients & mix thoroughly. Taste for seasoning
  7. Serve with the blanched asparagus.

NB – You can prepare the asparagus ahead of time & plunge it into icy water to stop it cooking. Then just reheat & serve when you need it.

Here’s a few pics from the supperclub. Thanks to Zuzanna Jankowska for taking them & all our other volunteers for their brilliant support.

If you live in the area & wish to join us for Eating Seasonally further details & tickets can be found on our wesbite & FB page Next one will be on 15th June

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Happy guests

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Brand new local cheese made just down the road

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One response to “Asparagus with Sauce Gribiche

  1. This sounds fabulous! I’m just usually happy with asparagus steamed, a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of good salt. This is like a meal! Can’t wait to try it!

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