Roasted Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce on Toast

Roasted Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce on Toast
Staff Writer
Asparagus
Alberto Peroli
Asparagus

If you have locally grown organic asparagus and good-quality bread, this is possibly going to be one of the most delicious combinations you have ever experienced. If you are in any way nervous about making hollandaise sauce (like most of us), then you will love my foolproof recipe!

Ingredients

For the hollandaise sauce:

  • 3 ½ sticks butter
  • 10 egg yolks
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the asparagus:

  • 16 asparagus spears
  • Sea salt
  • Olive oil, for tossing and grilling
  • 8 slices of good-quality bread (white sourdough works best)

Directions

For the hollandaise sauce:

Melt the butter in a saucepan. While the butter is melting, pour the egg yolks and lemon juice into a food processor and quickly mix. With the processor running on medium speed, slowly pour in the melted butter through the nozzle until all the butter is blended well with the egg yolks and the sauce has a thick consistency.

For the asparagus:

Toss the asparagus spears in a bowl with sea salt and some olive oil. If you have a grill pan, then place it over high heat with some olive oil. When the oil is hot, lay the asparagus spears on top and leave to cook for 3 minutes on each side. If you don’t have a grill pan, fill a saucepan about one-third full with water and place over high heat. When the water begins to boil, drop in the asparagus and cook for about 4 minutes (the asparagus is cooked when you can pierce it with a sharp knife).

Toast the bread and assemble them on a large platter. Place asparagus spears on the platter and season with salt and pepper. Pour the hollandaise sauce into a bowl and serve it alongside.

Roasted Asparagus Shopping Tip

Look for vegetables that are firm and bright in color – avoid those that are wilted or have wrinkled skins, which are signs of age.

Roasted Asparagus Cooking Tip

Different vegetables have different cooking times – cook each type separately and then combine.