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Asparagus with Hollandaise

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10 minutes
20 minutes
Wine/Spirit Pairing
Woolworths Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2019

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  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • 2 x 350 g punnets asparagus spears
  • 300 g leeks, thinly sliced lengthways
  • white pepper, to taste
  • lemon wedges, for serving
  • For the Hollandaise:
  • 2 T white wine vinegar
  • 3 T cold water
  • 3 free-range egg yolks
  • 250 g clarified * butter
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • salt, to taste

1. To make the crispy leeks, half-fill a medium-sized saucepan with oil and place over a medium heat.

2. While the oil is heating, make the Hollandaise. In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar and 2 T water. Cook over a high heat until reduced to 1 T. Remove from the heat and add the remaining water. Place in a bowl and add the egg yolks.

3. Using an electric beater, beat the mixture until thick and creamy. Place the bowl over a small saucepan of simmering water. Whisk in 1 T clarified butter at a time until well incorporated. When all the butter has been added, season with lemon juice and salt.

4. Char the asparagus in a hot pan until tender, this should take 10–15 minutes. While it is cooking, deep-fry the leeks until crispy and slightly caramelised, about 5 minutes. Remove from the pan and drain on kitchen paper.

5. Season the asparagus and warm Hollandaise with white pepper, top with the crispy leeks and serve with the lemon.

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Photograph: Myburgh Du Plessis
Food assistants: Bianca Strydom, Jarryd Thesen, Mogau Seshoene

Abigail Donnelly

Recipe by: Abigail Donnelly

Nothing excites Woolworths TASTE's Food Director quite as much as the challenge of dreaming up recipes with innovative new foods – or the thrill of creating deliciousness on a plate with the humblest of ingredients. With Abi by your side, you’ll be a cooking expert in no time at all.

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