Asparagus with Blue Cheese and Pine Nuts
This simple yet elegant side dish blends asparagus with blue cheese to wow your pallette.
- 1- 1/2 Tbs red or white wine vinegar
- 1- 1/2 tsp finely chopped shallot
- salt as needed
- 1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper
- 2 Tbs olive oil
- 1- 1/2 lb asparagus, trimmed
- 3 oz firm blue cheese, chilled
- 3 Tbs pine nuts, toasted
- To make vinaigrette, mix vinegar, shallot, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Whisk in oil; reserve.
- Blanch asparagus in a frying pan large enough to hold asparagus in one layer. Bring approximately 3 inches of water to a boil. Stir in 1 tablespoon salt. Add asparagus. Cook at a medium boil until fork tender, about 3 minutes, depending on thickness. Drain on paper towel; cool.
- To assemble, arrange asparagus on a platter; drizzle with vinaigrette. Roll spears to coat with vinaigrette. Shred cheese onto a piece of wax paper, using the small holes of a shredder. Evenly sprinkle shredded cheese over asparagus; scatter pine nuts over cheese.
Preparation Tip: Recipe can be made ahead. Refrigerate vinaigrette and cooled asparagus, tightly sealed. Return to room temperature before serving.
Calories from Fat 93 (72%)
(17%)Total Fat 11g
(18%)Saturated Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrate 5g
(4%)Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
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