Monday, May 20, 2013

Grilled Asparagus w/ Burrata & Brown Butter Almonds

Ok, ok, enough asparagus posts already.

I promise, this will be my last one.

My harvesting is almost over, next we are on to beets and spinach from the garden.

This was a great first course for an al fresco dinner on the patio, inspired by the book MOZZA.

You can use bufala mozzarella or burrata, but make sure you are using milky fresh cheese, it makes all the difference, and it also doesn't hurt to pick your own asparagus either.

The fresher the ingredients, the better the dish is going to taste.

Here's how:

Grill some asparagus on an outdoor grill. I drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle w/ kosher salt and grill on medium heat.

When nice and charred, place the grilled spears on a platter and drizzle w/ a splash of balsamic vinegar while still warm.

Place a nice piece of milky mozzarella or two (burrata or bufala) in the center of the platter.

Drape some slices of prosciutto or speck (smoked prosciutto, which is what I always use) around the asparagus.
(This is a rustic, throw together dish, so you don't have to be neat about it).

In a small non-stick skillet, add 1 tbsp of butter and a handful of sliced almonds.
Let the butter foam up so the milk solids separate and the nuts are toasted (doesn't take long).

Pour the brown butter almonds on top of the cheese and around the plate.

Sprinkle w/ some sea salt and pepper and serve.

So good.

I will miss my May asparagus and beautiful chive blossoms.


Joan Nova said...

That, a hunk of bread and a glass of wine is dinner enough for me! Looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

I'm with Joan, I'll take a hunk of bread and some vino and call it a day!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

This looks like the perfect breakfast, lunch or dinner. I want. I want.

Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

I found you through Sharon Santoni. You are making me hungry. This looks delicious.

Anonymous said...

Yum - looks fantastic & I'm sure it tastes great too!

Joanne said...

I am seriously drooling just THINKING about this!

Anneli (Delicieux_fr) said...

Gorgeous! I love the idea of the almonds over the top. Yet another recipe I will have to make of yours!

Katie C. said...

What happened to the radishes (?) that are in one of the pictures?

Stacey Snacks said...

Katie C.,

Regarding the radishes from our garden:

We ate them with butter and sea salt.

:) Stacey