Asparagus with Sauce Gribiche

Bright green asparagus spears are drizzled with a classic French-style cold egg sauce in this refreshing recipe.

Ingredients:
Asparagus spears
4 hard cooked eggs, peeled
2 hard cooked egg yolks
1-2 teaspoons Dijon or whole grain mustard
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
½ cup finely chopped parsley or chervil
1 cup olive oil
¼ cup capers in vinegar, drained and chopped
¼ – ½ cup cornichons, drained and chopped
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook asparagus until crisp-tender, 4–5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl of ice water to let cool. Remove from water and pat dry.

2. Put whole hard cooked eggs in bowl with mustard, sea salt and pepper and mash together with a pastry blender or fork. Add vinegar and then add the olive oil, drop by drop as if making mayonnaise. To keep the sauce creamy, add very small amounts of vinegar or warm water at a time. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste and finish the sauce by adding chopped herbs, capers and cornichons.

3. Arrange asparagus on plates; top each with several dollops of sauce gribiche. Garnish with parsley sprigs.

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The Italian Classic Recipes

As they say, the classics never go out of style, and this week we are sharing the ingredients for one of our all-time favorites—lasagna! Craft your own using our housemade marinara sauce, fresh lasagna sheets and a trio of rich, creamy cheeses (fresh ricotta, grated Parmesan and goat mozzarella), then bake and pair it with warm focaccia and perhaps a salad of fresh spring greens. Also included: Farm-fresh eggs, fragrant herbs and seasonal favorites such as pea shoots and locally-foraged Morel mushrooms—as they say in Italy, mangia!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Pea Shoot & Arugula Salad with Radishes & Hazelnuts
This stellar salad from Food & Wine is beautifully balanced with peppery greens and radishes and sweet pea shoots.

Asparagus with Salt & Pepper Whipped Cream
Topped with decadent cream, this simple side dish is just delicious.

Roasted Radishes with Brown Butter & Lemon
The sweet, nutty brown butter here lends a beautiful finishing touch.

Broccoli with Vin Cotto
Coated in a balsamic vinegar glaze, this garlic-flecked broccoli makes for a warm, homey side.

Morel Mushroom & Asparagus Eggs Benedict
Served over toasted bread, this eggs Benedict is truly stunning.

Roasted Blood Oranges
These gorgeous oranges are a wonderful addition to a cheeseboard; or, remove the rinds and toss into a salad!

Morel Mushroom & Asparagus Eggs Benedict

Served over toasted bread, this eggs Benedict is truly stunning.

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large shallot, finely diced
1 clove garlic, chopped
½ teaspoon thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
6 ounces morel mushrooms, halved or quartered depending on size
¼ cup white wine, or broth
½ cup heavy cream
4 slices rustic bread, lightly toasted
12 spears asparagus, blanched
4 eggs
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the shallot and cook until tender, about 2-3 minutes, then add the garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, about a minute. Add the butter and allow it to melt, then toss in the mushrooms and cook until they release their moisture, about 3-5 minutes.

2. Add the wine or broth, deglaze the pan and cook for 2 minutes. Add the cream and simmer until it thickens, about 2-3 minutes and reduce the heat to low.

3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil and reduce the heat to medium. Swirl the water in the pot. Crack an egg into a bowl and gently pour the egg from the bowl into the water. Repeat with another egg. Let the eggs cook until the whites are set but the yolks are not, about 2-3 minutes then fish them out. Repeat with remaining two eggs.

4. To serve, place the toast on plates, top with the asparagus, poached eggs and creamy mushroom sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Asparagus with Salt & Pepper Whipped Cream

Topped with decadent cream, this simple side dish is just delicious.

Ingredients:
1½-2 pounds asparagus, trimmed and peeled
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup heavy cream
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 250º. Cook the asparagus in boiling, salted water, or steam, until just tender. Place the drained asparagus in a shallow serving dish, and keep it warm in the oven.

2. In a small saucepan, heat the butter with ¼ cup heavy cream over low heat. Stir and pour over the asparagus; return the asparagus to the oven.

3. Beat the remaining ¾ cup cream with the salt and pepper until soft peaks form. Spoon over the hot asparagus. Serve immediately.

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