Asparagus with dipping sauces

Asparagus with dipping sauces

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 20 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4 - 6

An elegant spring dish perfect for a relaxed dinner party - simply let your guests pick and dip

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
431
protein
6g
carbs
5g
fat
43g
saturates
16g
fibre
2g
sugar
4g
salt
1.42g

Ingredients

  • 24 asparagus spears, trimmed

For the parmesan & lemon butter

  • juice 1 lemon
  • 85g butter, cut into small chunks
  • 25g parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), finely grated

For the asian dressing

  • ½ red chilli
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • juice 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil

For the garlic mayonnaise

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 5 tbsp good-quality mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

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Method

  1. To make the Parmesan butter, tip the lemon juice into a small saucepan and, over a very low heat, add the butter. Melt and stir the butter into the lemon juice until you have a smooth sauce, add the Parmesan and season to taste, then set aside.
  2. To make the Asian dressing, using a pestle and mortar, crush the chilli with the brown sugar, then stir in the lime juice until the sugar has dissolved. Stir through the soy sauce and sesame oil, then set aside.
  3. For the garlic mayonnaise, mix all the ingredients together. Decant the sauces into 3 serving dishes.
  4. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the asparagus for 2-3 mins until just tender. Drain well and serve steaming hot in a pile for everyone to help themselves and dip into the sauce of their choice.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2010

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weezie's picture
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Made this as a starter for a dinner party and put in a globe artichoke, very tasty, not too much of a fill-you-up, and don't avoid the chilli - its a vibrant little dipping sauce!

katmcpher's picture

Great very easy though most people at the dinner party din't try the chilli.

elizabethr's picture
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Simple and very tasty.

muppet123's picture
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Yum, yum, yum!
Absolutely delicious. I wasn't sure that having two totally different dips would work but it did. Perfectly!

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