10 hours ago
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
"I am having company over for dinner", does anyone say that anymore?
I don't think so, but if you still say that, then make this dish.
I have been known to eat asparagus only now thru June.
California spears have been wonderful lately, none of that stuff w/ the purple rubber bands from Peru (that you can get all year, and tastes like nothing).
May-June is local asparagus here in the Garden State (NJ), and that is a real treat if you can find it.
I like to peel the bottoms of my asparagus, it is prettier, and just tastes better.
Also, I have a trick to steaming asparagus, if you don't have an asparagus steamer (like me).
Take a saucepan and fill w/ 2" of water.
Bring the water to a boil, and stand up the asparagus spears, leaning on the side of the pot.
This way, the tips will just steam, instead of becoming too wet and submerged in the water, which can tear the tender tips after being boiled.
Steam for 6 minutes, then remove with tongs to a platter. The tips will stay tight and stems will be nice and tender. I promise.
Lay the steamed asparagus on a pretty platter and drape with good quality smoked salmon.
Make a mustard dill sauce with some French grainy mustard (about a tablespoon), then add in some heavy cream to thin the mixture.
Add some rinsed capers and fresh dill and voila! you have your mustard dill sauce.
Drizzle this all over the asparagus and salmon on the plate. Garnish w/ fresh dill and serve.