Asparagus with peas, mint & Jersey Royals in wild garlic butter
- Preparation and cooking time
- Serves 4 as a side
Coat asparagus, peas and Jersey Royals in a mint and wild garlic butter, then top with toasted almonds – the perfect partner to roast meat and savoury tarts
- STEP 1
Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the potatoes for 8-10 mins or until tender. Drain.
- STEP 2
Toast the slivered almonds in a dry frying pan until golden. Set aside.
- STEP 3
Mix together the butter, wild garlic leaves and mint (you can blitz in a food processor, if you like). Set aside.
- STEP 4
Cover the peas with boiling water for 30 seconds, then drain and immediately plunge into cold water.
- STEP 5
Heat the olive oil in a large lidded saucepan over a medium heat. Add the asparagus spears and a good pinch of sea salt and shake to coat in the oil. Put the lid on and cook the asparagus over a low to medium heat, shaking the pan to move the spears around, about 4 mins. Remove the spears from the pan and immediately plunge into iced water.
- STEP 6
Melt the garlic butter in the pan and squeeze in the juice of the lemon. Stir the potatoes, asparagus and peas into the butter untiul warm. Tip everything onto a serving dish and grate over some lemon zest. Top with the toasted almonds.
WILD GARLIC PASTA PRIMAVERA
Toss any leftover warm asparagus and peas with cooked pasta and a splash of the pasta cooking water, alongside any leftover wild garlic butter, the finely chopped wild garlic stalks and some grated parmesan.