Tag: asparagus

Sauteed Butterfish Asparagus and Shimeji Mushrooms with Beurre Blanc

Ingredients (2 servings):

  • 2 pieces of butterfish fillet
  • 3 shallots
  • 200 g shimeji mushrooms
  • 1 legatura asparagus
  • 100 g butter
  • 50 ml dry white wine
  • 25 ml white wine vinegar
  • salt and white pepper

Preparation method:

  1. Slice thinly the shallots.
  2. Clean the asparagus and discard their lower thirds.
  3. Clean the shimeji mushrooms.
  4. Season the butterfish with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Melt a knob of butter in a large frying pan
  6. Add the butterfish fillets and the asparagus stalks and braise over medium-low heat for 3 minutes.
  7. Turn the fish pieces on their other sides and add the shimeji mushrooms.
  8. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper, add a bit of butter on top of each fish, cover the pan and saute for another 3 minutes.
  9. Remove the pan from fire and keep covered with the lid.
  10. Prepare the beurre blanc:
  11. Add to a smaller put the sliced shallots, wine and vinegar.
  12. Cook over medium heat to reduce the liquids until only 2-3 tablespoons of liquid still remain.
  13. Bring the heat to low and start adding 1-2 knobs of butter at a time in the pot, stirring them with a metal whisk to melt and emulsify.
  14. When those butter pieces almost melted add some more.
  15. Continue adding the butter pieces until all of them are melted in the sauce and it has thickened so it coats the back of a spoon.
  16. Pass the beurre blanc sauce through a mesh sieve to separate the chives and get a smooth sauce. Season with some pepper and extra salt if needed.
  17. Serve a slice of butterfish in the middle of each plate, surrounded with the vegetables and topped with lots and lots of spoonfuls of beurre blanc.

Greek Lamb Chops Recipe – Paidakia – with Roasted Asparagus

Ingredients (2 servings ):

  • 6 lamb chops
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 small red chilli pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • a bunch of asparagus stalks

Preparation method:

  1. Chop the garlic.
  2. Chop the red chilli pepper.
  3. Squeeze the juice of half of the lemon.
  4. Mix together in a flatter bowl the chopped garlic, chopped chilli, oregano, lemon juice, olive oil and sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Add the lamb chops. Toss them well in the marinade mixture, to be covered evenly. ( I did it a bit differently, I added the marinade ingredients over the lamb and tossed them a bit to mix them and cover evenly the lamb chops.)
  5. Let the chops marinate for 1-2 hours, even overnight if you have the time.
  6. Meanwhile, prepare the asparagus:
  7. Wash the asparagus stalks and tear off their woodsy lower third.
  8. Grill the asparagus over high heat on two sides for a few minutes, until they get the nice charred grill marks.
  9. Grill the lamb chops for 2-3 minutes on each side and let them rest for a couple of minutes.
  10. Serve the lamb chops with the grilled asparagus and some lemon wedges / slices.

Grilled Beef Heart with Gremolata and Grilled Asparagus – Recipe

Ingredients (4 servings):

  • 1 kg beef/veal heart
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 1 lime

for the gremolata:

  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 bunch of parsley leafs
  • 3-4 tablespoons extra olive oil
  • 1 lime
  • salt to taste

Preparation method:

  1. Cut the beef heart into steak-like strips.
  2. Place the heart strips into a bowl, squeeze over the juice of a lime and season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Stir them together and let it marinate for about an hour.
  3. Trim the lower third of the asparagus shoots.
  4. Heat up the grill to high temperature and place the asparagus on the grill. Season them with coarse salt and grille them for a few minutes until they have the grill marks, then turn them on their other sides and repeat. Work in 2-3 batches, not to overcrowd the grill.
  5. After the grilling of the asparagus is finished, place the heart strips on the grill and grill them about 3-4 minutes on each side.
    Prepare the gremolata:
  6. Chop the garlic.
  7. Chop the parsley leaves.
  8. Add together to a small bowl the chopped garlic and chopped parsley, the juice of a lime and the olive oil. Season with salt to taste and let it marinate for 10 minutes.
  9. Serve the heart strips topped with gremolata and with the grilled asparagus on the side.