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Pan-fried & raw asparagus with goat's curd & beetroot

Let the fresh English asparagus shine in this simple spring dish. The combination of contrasting tastes and textures gives added depth, serve with a bowl of wild rice or homemade bread

  • Prep: 15 mins
    Cook: 5 mins
  • Serves 2
  • Easy
  • Serves 2
  • Easy
  • Calories 721
  • Carbohydrates 9
  • Saturated Fat 18
  • Sugar 8
  • Protein 21
  • Fat 66
  • Fibre 4
  • Salt 1.2

Nutrition per serving

  • Calories 721
  • Carbohydrates 9
  • Saturated Fat 18
  • Sugar 8
  • Protein 21
  • Fat 66
  • Fibre 4
  • Salt 1.2

Ingredients

  • bunch asparagus (about 10 spears), washed
  • 100g cooked beetroot
  • 150g goat's curd (or use goat's cheese, ricotta or cottage cheese)
  • baby salad leaves, to decorate (optional)
  • 70ml grapeseed oil, plus 2 tsp extra for grilling the asparagus (alternative oils can be used but may affect the flavour)
  • zest ¼ orange, plus 30ml juice
  • 20g pine nuts, lightly toasted

Tip

Liam's top tip
Don't worry is you char the asparagus in the pan - the more colour, the better. Use a high heat and make sure you season with salt well, as this is important to balance the flavours of the dish.

Picking your beetroot
You may prefer to buy pre-cooked beetroot, as fresh beetroot will take 2-3 hrs to cook.

Method

  1. First, make the dressing. In a small bowl or jug, whisk the oil, orange zest and juice lightly, then add the pine nuts and set aside.

  2. Hold the asparagus at the base and just below the tip, then snap in two – you will feel a natural breaking point where the asparagus becomes a little woody. Save the woody bases for soups or stocks.

  3. Shred four spears of asparagus using a mandolin (or slice lengthways with a vegetable peeler). Repeat the process with the cooked beetroot. Put the shaved asparagus in a bowl of cold water and set side.

  4. Heat a frying pan or skillet over a high heat until hot. Coat the remaining six whole pieces of asparagus with the oil and place in the hot pan, moving them around in the pan, and season with a few pinches of sea salt. Allow the asparagus to brown, then remove, draining off any excess oil.

  5. Put the roasted asparagus on the plate, then add dollops of the curd. Drain the raw asparagus, then layer it over the curd with the slices of cooked beetroot. Stir the dressing and drizzle over the dish. Add some baby salad leaves to decorate, if you like.

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