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Asparagus Three Ways


Asparagus Three Ways
Yield: 4 servings
1-1/2 to 2lb.  Asparagus, trimmed (about 5-7 spears per person)

With Shiitake Mushrooms:
1 Tbsp.   Olive oil
1 each   Shallot, finely diced
½ lb.    Shiitake mushrooms, washed and sliced
To taste  Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
As needed  Lemon juice

1. Heat a 10” sauté pan over medium high heat. Add the shallot and cook until soft, add the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Spoon the mushrooms over the asparagus.

Ala Polanise:

2 Tbsp.  Butter
1/3 cup  Fresh bread crumbs
1 each   Hardboiled egg
2 Tbsp.  Parsley, chopped
2 Tbsp.  Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated
To taste  Freshly ground black pepper

1. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bread crumbs and toast gently until golden brown. Transfer to a mixing bowl.
2. Chop the eggs and add to the bread crumbs. Stir in the parsley, cheese and black pepper.

With Orange Butter:

2 Tbsp.   Orange juice
¾ cup   White wine
½ each  Bay Leaf
1 each   Shallot, peeled and chopped
1 Tbsp.  Heavy cream
2 oz.   Butter, cut into bits
2 tsp.   Orange zest
To taste  Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Combine orange juice, white wine, bay leaf & shallot in a stainless steel saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce until syrupy. Add cream and reduce slightly.
2. Wisk in butter bit by bit over med. low heat, being careful not to let the sauce boil. Finish to taste with orange zest, salt and pepper.

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