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English asparagus to me is the best in the world by far, mind you I would say that. But the flavour is so delicious it's perfect eaten as it is and not played around with too much.
Servings 4
Calories 489 kcal
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins

Ingredients
 

  • 20 English young asparagus spears
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ small onion (or 2 shallots) chopped very finely
  • 3 Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp cold water
  • 5 tbsp sunflower oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 450 g raw potatoes cooked until soft and mashed
  • 75 g melted unsalted butter
  • 150 warm milk, approx
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 20 pitted black olives, chopped roughly
  • 2 tbsp chives, roughly chopped

Instructions
 

  • First, make the mashed potatoes. Place the warm mash into a bowl, add the milk and butter, stir well, finally add the nutmeg, chopped olives and chives and mix well. You may need to add a little more milk to get a smooth but not runny mash cover and keep warm.
  • Next, place the onion or shallot into a bowl, add the water, mustard, vinegar and a good seasoning of salt and pepper; it's good to put the salt and pepper in at this stage, so they dissolve.
  • Gradually add the oil in a thin stream until you have a nice dressing. If the vinaigrette splits, don't worry; make sure you stir well before serving.
  • Heat a griddle or frying pan, brush the asparagus spears with olive oil and season well. Place in the hot griddle pan and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, so they take a nice colour.
  • You may have to cook in a couple of batches. This is because the asparagus will become limp.

To Serve

  • Spoon a nice blob of mash into the middle of a hot plate, lay 5 pieces of cooked asparagus over the mash and finally drizzle over a little dressing.
  • Don't go overboard with the dressing; it's very powerful.
  • A nice glass of chilled Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect accompaniment.
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Nutrition Facts
Grilled Asparagus with Olive Mashed Potatoes and Sweet Vinegar Dressing
Amount per Serving
Calories
489
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
42
g
65
%
Saturated Fat
 
13
g
81
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
42
mg
14
%
Sodium
 
242
mg
11
%
Potassium
 
581
mg
17
%
Carbohydrates
 
25
g
8
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
5
g
6
%
Protein
 
4
g
8
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course Main Course, Potato
Cuisine British
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