Friday, February 12, 2010

Asparagus Coins (with chive oil and parsley water)

Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables,it's best in the spring but the store has had some really nice stalks lately so I thought I'd do another recipe from ad hoc at home.The second time I made this I didn't make the water but used the chive oil and the citrus salt from the post below and grilled them about a great flavor! basically what I'm saying is either way tastes great...Ok on to the dish

1 1/12 pounds asparagus
3 TBLS chive oil
1/4 parsley water
salt and pepper to taste

for the asparagus snap off the end where it breaks naturally,then trim the ends even,using a mandoline slice the asparagus into coins about 1/8 inch thick(mine were a little thicker but i just used a knife..I need to step up my mandoline skills!)until you have about 2 1/2 inches of tip,put the tips in a hot pan,add the chive oil and salt and pepper,swirl them to coat with oil,cook about 2 minutes,add the coins and cook about another three minutes,add the parsley water and cook another few minutes,remove from heat and serve.

chive oil
1 cup chives cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1 cup canola oil

put half the chives in a blender(Keller uses a vita mix but I dont have a 500 dollar blender.HaHa!)add just enough oil to cover blend for 2 minutes,add the rest of the chives and oil and blend 2 minutes more,stretch a piece of cheesecloth over a bowl and secure with a rubberband so it's tight like a drum head.pour oil onto cheesecloth and let sit for an hour to let the oil drip through.dont wring out the cloth or it will cloud the oil..I didn't get a pic of this but it was an incredible hulk green color and smelled great

parsley water
6 tbls ice water
1 tbls canola oil
1 tbls honey
3 cups flat leaf parsley(small stems and leaves,washed and patted dry

heat the oil in a pan,add the honey and swirl and to lightly caramelize it for a few seconds,add the parsley and stir to coat and is wilted about 30 seconds,transfer to the ice water to chill it,add it to a blender and puree really well,strain it through a mesh strainer.
forgot a pic here too but this also smelled great..grassy with notes of the honey.

so like I said this dish was really tasty and was great on the grill too!


  1. What a nice way to do asparagus--one of my favorite veggies! I'm saving this one for one of my dinner club sides.

  2. This sounds wonderful! I've never heard of Chive Oil before....I'm going to have to keep an eye out for some.

  3. Asparagus - The other Green vegetable... :) LOVE IT!!! Awesome Recipe.. always need a new way to spotlight my favorite veggie...