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White Asparagus with Serrano Ham and Chive Dressing

Ingredients:

16 fat white asparagus spears
4 slices serrano ham (used Polish Ham, sliced in strips)

Dressing:

1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon clear honey
3 tablespoon walnut or hazelnut oil (used extra virgin oil)
1 tablespoon snipped chives (used scallions)

Trim the asparagus, then peel the stems with a potato peeler. Boil in salted water for 12-15 minutes until the spears are tender. Drain well.

Whisk together the lemon juice, mustard and honey with some salt and pepper. Whisk in the oil, then stir in the chives just before serving.

Divide the warm or cold asparagus between 4 plates. Lay the ham on top and drizzle over the dressing.

*I’ve  always seen the white asparagus in the market, this time it was on special. So I decided to give it a try, we love the the regular green asparagus anyway. I used Polish ham and scallions because I didn’t have any Serrano ham and chives. The asparagus and the dressing was the star on the dish but a little meat won’t hurt. For sure next time I will try it with Serrano Ham. Loved it…enJOY!!!

What is the difference between white asparagus and green asparagus?

Answer: The difference is mostly in the way they are grown. White asparagus is only white because it has been grown in darkness and so it has not developed a green color through photosynthesis. Some people consider it’s flavor to be milder.

Source: BBC Good Food, Wiki Answers

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