Griddled British asparagus and shallots with salsa verde and burrata
This is the perfect summer side dish. Leave out the burrata if you are after a delicious vegan option.
Serves: 4 + 1 small jar
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15-20 minutes
½ garlic clove
2bsp red wine vinegar
4 anchovies (in oil not salt)
30g flat leaf parsley, just the leaves
30g basil, just the leaves
Zest of 1 lemon
150ml olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
500g British asparagus
What to do:
Place the garlic, red wine vinegar, anchovies, parsley, basil, lemon zest, capers and olive oil into a hand-held blender and blitz until combined but still coarse. Check the seasoning and add salt and pepper if needed.
Chop the echalions lengthways into four quarters and drizzle with a little olive oil. Place in a smoking hot griddle pan to cook until they are soft and slightly charred but still hold their shape. Set aside.
Cut the woody ends off the asparagus and lightly oil them, then place in the griddle pan for 2-3 minutes until charred but still tender.
Arrange the asparagus and echalions on a plate, top with burrata before spooning over the salsa verde.