This healthy, easy dish is a classic way to serve asparagus in the Italian region of Lombardy—and it only takes a few minutes to put together.
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
¼ cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
2 teaspoons finely chopped Meyer lemon zest
2 pounds asparagus, trimmed
Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1. To make the gremolata, finely chop the garlic, parsley and lemon zest together on a cutting board until well combined. Transfer to a bowl. (You can prepare the gremolata an hour or two before you cook the asparagus.)
2. Steam or boil the asparagus in salted water until tender, four to five minutes. Remove from the heat, and toss with the gremolata. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix together the lemon juice and olive oil, and drizzle over the asparagus. Serve hot or warm.
Rise and shine, it’s brunch time: Break your fast with this week’s lineup of favorites, from organic sausages and cinnamon-raisin bread to sweet and nutty organic cracked farro porridge and of course, fresh eggs from our flock of heritage breed laying hens. Spring is really starting to sing in the gardens, too, as you’ll also find fresh asparagus, pea and sunflower shoots, ruby-red rhubarb, turnips and Japanese Misome greens all in your box, as well as fragrant herbs and Belgian endive. Good morning, indeed!
Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:
Asparagus & Mushroom Frittata
This lovely springtime-fresh frittata can be easily served for brunch, lunch, or dinner; you choose!
Simmered in rich chicken stock, this dish is finished with lemon juice and thyme for fresh appeal.
Roasted Endive with Walnut Vinaigrette
This warm side pairs beautifully with this week’s frittata.
Rhubarb-Apple Cake with Almonds
A great baking project for an afternoon at home.
Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette
A simple, easy and incredibly flavorful salad vinaigrette to add to your arsenal!
This lovely, springtime-fresh frittata can be easily served for brunch, lunch, or dinner; you choose!
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large bunch fresh asparagus
6 ounces wild mushrooms
1 cup onion, peeled and thinly sliced
8 large eggs
½ cup ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1. Heat oil in a large, oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Add the asparagus, onion and mushrooms, then cover and cook until onions and vegetables are tender, but not brown, about 4-5 minutes; remove from heat.
2. Set aside 4-6 asparagus spears and a few of the mushrooms. Cut remaining asparagus into thirds and return to the skillet.
3. In a separate bowl, beat together eggs, ricotta cheese, lemon juice, salt and pepper until everything is blended nicely. Pour the mixture over vegetables and reduce heat to low. Cover and cook until eggs are almost set, about 7 minutes.
4. Preheat the broiler while eggs are cooking. Remove pan from heat, uncover, and arrange reserved asparagus and mushrooms over the eggs. Broil 6 inches from heat until eggs are set and starting to brown, about 3 minutes. Cut into wedges to serve.
This colorful pasta is incredibly versatile—feel free to add in any of your favorite spring veggies!
1 pound pasta of your choice
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
¼ pound baby carrots, trimmed of greens and sliced into coins
½ pound asparagus, ends snapped and sliced into ¼-inch-thick pieces
¾ cup freshly-shelled peas
¼ cup thinly sliced leeks, white part only
4 cups braising greens
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
⅔ cup grated Grana-style cheese
¼ cup crème fraîche or ricotta cheese, at room temperature
3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
Salted capers and Piranske Soline Fior di Sale sea salt
1. Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil over medium-high heat.
2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add carrots, asparagus, peas and leeks. Cook until vegetables are barely tender (but not too soft or mushy), 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in braising greens and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes more, until the greens are wilted. Season with salt and pepper; set aside.
3. Drop pasta into boiling water and cook until al dente. Drain well and transfer pasta to the skillet. Immediately toss pasta with vegetables, grated Grana cheese, crème fraîche or ricotta and herbs. Top each serving with salted capers and a pinch of sea salt, as desired.