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England, May 2008

Walnut Grove Recipes

Asparagus and Goats Cheese

Serves 2

Ingredients
  • 10 asparagus spears
  • 4 slices of goats cheese
  • 2 small cooked beetroot
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic or walnut vinegar
  • salt

Method

1. Pre-heat a cast iron griddle pan. Peel the asparagus spears and brush well with oil until completely coated. Also pre-heat grill.


2. Cut beetroot into small dice, taking care that they are all an even size.


3. Place asparagus on the griddle until cooked, turning them over as required. 


4. Cut four slices of goats cheese, about 5mm thick and place on the cooked asparagus, and move the griddle under the grill until the goats cheese is colored.


5. In a small bowl whisk the vinegar and oil, add salt to taste.


6. Carefully transfer the asparagus and goats cheese to a plate, place the beetroot around it and drizzle with vinaigrette.

Serving Suggestions

Nice light starter that takes advantage of the seasonal asparagus


Advanced Preparation


This only takes minutes to put together and cook, so advanced prep is not really necessary however you could slice the beetroot and peel the asparagus in advance.

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