Asparagus with hazelnut bechamel

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    This recipe can be prepared with either white or green asparagus. It's a lovely starter or you can serve it as a side with pork.


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 4 

    • 1kg white or green asparagus
    • 125g ground hazelnuts
    • 80g butter
    • 40g plain flour
    • 225ml hot vegetable stock
    • 225ml hot milk
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
    • 1 pinch caster sugar
    • salt to taste
    • white pepper to taste
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 50ml double cream

    Method
    Prep:15min  ›  Ready in:15min 

    1. If using white asparagus, peel it with a vegetable peeler from top to bottom, starting below the tips. With either white or green asparagus, cut or snap off any woody ends.
    2. Place the asparagus in a large wide pan and just cover with lightly salted water. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently until the spears are tender and can be easily pierced with a sharp knife. White asparagus takes about 15 to 25 minutes depending on the thickness. Remove the asparagus and drain well.
    3. Toast the hazelnuts in a dry frying pan, turning them often, until they start to smell nutty. Remove from the heat and set aside.
    4. Melt the butter in a saucepan, then add the flour. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring often. Whisk in a little of the hot vegetable stock and milk at a time, stirring continuously until you have a smooth, thick sauce. Stir in the hazelnuts.
    5. Add the lemon juice, nutmeg and sugar, and season to taste with salt and white pepper. Simmer gently over low heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
    6. Blend the egg yolk and the cream in a small bowl and whisk it into the sauce. Heat through, but to not boil. Serve the sauce with the cooked asparagus.

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