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A Delicious Asparagus Appetizer for My Book Club!

Posted By brosbottom On May 23, 2021 @ 11:10 am In Food News | No Comments

Sesame-Scented Asparagus Spears with Sesame and Orange Mayo

Sesame Orange Mayo
1 cup regular or reduced fat good quality mayonnaise (not nonfat) such as Hellman’s
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon grated orange zest plus more if desired
3 teaspoons fresh squeezed orange juice
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper plus an extra pinch if desired
1 teaspoon chopped chives

Kosher salt
2 pounds medium asparagus spears
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil plus extra if desired
1/2 teaspoon fleur de sel or other sea salt
2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds (See note.)

1 For the mayo, in a nonreactive bowl whisk the mayonnaise with the sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, orange zest, orange juice, and cayenne pepper. Taste and add 1/4 teaspoon extra orange zest for a stronger citrus flavor, and an extra pinch of cayenne for more heat. Cover and refrigerate until needed. (The mayonnaise can be made 1 day ahead. Bring to room temperature 30 minutes before using.) Makes about 1 cup.

2.For the asparagus, fill a large saucepan or deep-sided skillet set over medium high heat 2/3 full with water and add 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Bring to a boil. Snap off 2 or more inches of the tough bases of the asparagus spears and discard. Trim ends of spears evenly. When water comes to a boil add any spears that are extra-large, and boil 1 minute. Then add remaining spears. Cook until bright green and just tender, only about 2 to 3 minutes. Drain, and pat dry with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel. Place in a large mixing bowl.

3. Toss asparagus with sesame oil and sea salt. Taste and add a drizzle more of sesame oil if desired.

4. To serve, transfer the mayonnaise to a serving bowl and sprinkle with chives. Set the bowl in the center of a serving tray or plate and garnish with asparagus spears. Sprinkle spears with sesame seeds. Dip spears in mayo to eat. Serves 5 to 6 as an appetizer or 4 as a side dish.

Note: To toast sesame seeds, place in a skillet over medium high heat. Cook, stirring, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Watch carefully. Remove and cool.

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