Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Recipe Test: Martha Stewart's Asparagus Spears with Dill Shallot Vinaigrette

Recently the Executive Chef prepared a roast chicken, pictured below. Fabulous! Side-dishes included the "it" vegetable of the moment, asparagus. Yours truly was in charge of the preparing the asparagus.

Thus far this spring we've steamed asparagus, roasted asparagus, enjoyed cream of asparagus soup. All good treatments for asparagus, but what's new for this veggie? In need of inspiration, I turned to Martha.

At, a collection of asparagus recipes was posted recently. Scanning the collection, I elected to try asparagus spears with dill vinaigrette. Was it good? Yes. The vinaigrette is excellent, and the preparation is easy.

The vinaigrette is a snap to prepare and can be whisked together up to eight hours before serving. The original recipe calls for 1/4 cup minced fresh dill. Two issues with this: First, I had no fresh dill on hand. Second, a 1/4 cup seems like a lot of dill. I used a teaspoon of dried dill, which was more than enough for our taste.

Here is the recipe, adapted from Martha Stewart:
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill (or to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
The asparagus is steamed. Steaming takes only a few minutes using a vegetable steamer and a covered sauce pan containing shallow water brought to boil.

The verdict on this recipe? It's very good. You should try it this spring.

This chicken needs asparagus.

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1 comment:

  1. The Executive ChefMay 31, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    This asparagus recipe result is ubderstated. It was the best asparagus the E. C. has ever had, whether it be at a high-end restaurant or at home. Ever.