Sautéed asparagus, toasted almonds & Manchego cheese

Sautéed asparagus, toasted almonds & Manchego cheese

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 15 mins

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Serves 6

This springtime starter is a simple but effective combination of just five ingredients

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  • Vegetarian
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  • 36 asparagus spears
  • 140g unsalted butter
  • 100g whole blanched almonds
  • juice 1 lemon
  • 50g best-quality Manchego cheese (or vegetarian hard cheese)

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  1. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and plunge in the asparagus. Cook for 2-3 mins, drain, then leave them to sit somewhere warm.
  2. Next, put the butter into a cold pan with the almonds. Carefully heat it up, watching that the butter doesn’t get too dark. When it just turns golden brown and is beginning to foam, remove from the heat and pour in the lemon juice to stop the cooking.
  3. Arrange the asparagus onto 6 serving plates and spoon over some of the brown butter and almonds. Shave the cheese with a peeler, scatter over and serve.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2010

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basil123's picture
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I think less butter would have been better. Very tasty. :)

willbarnett's picture

Quite nice, but I think the juice from a whole lemon was too much so would suggest trying 1/2 lemon juice first. The almonds didnt go brillliantly with this, so tried swapping for toasted pine nuts which seemed to work quite well.

northernsky's picture

Mind you, asparagus spears sauteed gently in olive oil with whole garlic cloves and served with a little lemon juice are lovely without any cheese...

northernsky's picture

Newbies might not have spotted this. Manchego cheese is NOT vegetarian: it is always made with calf rennet. Vege hard cheeses are rare and expensive. You need to look on-line if you don't have an exceptional delicatessen nearby.

musicinmyeyes12's picture

can I substitue the almonds as I am allergic mildly to nuts?

medinaitieva's picture

peeleenb is right, the asparagus was not sauteed, but I followed the recipe and liked it a lot. was excellent as a side dish. easy, simple, and tasty.

peeleen6's picture

did i miss something, where does the sauteed asparagus come in. two to three mins in hot water will not even cook very fine asparagus

kiwibird's picture
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This is a gorgeous combination of flavours and super easy. It makes a great dinner party starter when asparagus is in season.

youngcooksophie's picture

I made this for a family get together and it went down very very well! Thanks alot!