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Asparagus with blood-orange and chervil hollandaise

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for Asparagus with blood-orange and chervil hollandaise for a Great Gatsby party

By Alice Storey & Emma Knowles
  • Serves 12
  • 20 mins preparation
  • 20 mins cooking
Asparagus with blood-orange and chervil hollandaise
Asparagus with blood-orange and chervil hollandaise

Ingredients

  • 30 asparagus spears, trimmed
  • To serve: extra-virgin olive oil
  • 100 ml white wine vinegar
  • 100 ml blood-orange juice, plus finely grated rind of 1 blood orange (see note)
  • ½ golden shallot, coarsely chopped
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 250 ml warm clarified butter
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped chervil, plus extra sprigs to serve

Method

Main
  • 1
    Blanch asparagus in boiling salted water until bright green (1 minute), refresh, drain and set aside. Just before serving, drizzle with olive oil and season to taste.
  • 2
    Combine vinegar and half the juice in a small saucepan over high heat, add shallot and reduce to 50ml (5-10 minutes). Strain into a large heatproof bowl, add yolks and whisk over a saucepan of simmering water until thick (3-4 minutes). Turn off heat. Whisking continuously, add butter in a thin steady stream until thick and emulsified (3-5 minutes). Stir through remaining juice, rind and chervil and serve warm with asparagus scattered with chervil sprigs.

Notes

Note If blood oranges are unavailable, substitute oranges or ruby grapefruit.