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a triumph of freshness and flavour – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

a triumph of freshness and flavour

L’asparagus salad with eggs and potatoes represents a refined dish rich in flavours, ideal for those looking for a balanced and sophisticated culinary experience. It is a food that recalls European cuisine, in particular France and Italy, where the asparagus they are considered a first-rate element in gastronomy. The tradition of preparing salads with this ingredient is ancient and has seen various interpretations and variations over the centuries. However, the hard-boiled egg and potato version has become a popular choice for its combination of textures and flavors. Originally reserved for aristocratic tables, the recipe gradually gained popularity, also spreading into the domestic kitchens of those looking for a fresh and satisfying dish.

The heart of this preparation is represented by the boiled asparagus which, after careful cleaning and selection, are delicately cooked in boiling salted water, to preserve their crunchy consistency and characteristic flavour. The potatoes, preferably yellow-fleshed, also boiled and cut into cubes, add a creamy and substantial element to the whole, creating a harmonious balance of textures. The hard-boiled eggs, peeled and cut into wedges or slices, complete the picture, thanks to the softness and rich flavor of the yolk. There cold recipe of this salad becomes the ideal starting point for bringing a light dish to the table, during the hot summer days or during the milder seasons. Treat yourself to a moment of pure pleasure and prepare the asparagus salad with eggs and potatoes with us. It will become a real must on your tables!

Shaved Asparagus Salad with Fried Pastrami and Mustard Dressing – Keeping it Raw

This shaved asparagus salad actually started out as an asparagus wrapped with pastrami recipe, but when that didn’t work out, my wife Michele saved the day, and convinced me to go raw – and I do mean convince.

I really dislike under-cooked asparagus, and in virtually every video I’ve used it, I’ve pleaded with the audience to make sure the spears get to the sweet and tender stage. I’ve always felt that the main reason most people who don’t like asparagus, is that they grew up eating it crunchy, barely warm, and bitter.

However, when you shave it thin with a peeler, and give it a quick curing/pickling in the dressing, those harsh attributes mellow out substantially, and the sweet, grassy flavor comes through. In fact, it was so delicious that I contemplated serving it without the fried meat.  Happily, that passed.

Thanks to the pastrami’s aromatic spices, subtle smokiness, and peppery finish, it was a perfect match. Of course, you can substitute with bacon or ham; but the cured beef brisket was a nice change of pace to those much more common, pork-based choices.

Just be sure to not dress your raw asparagus until you’re ready to eat. The couple minutes it takes to fry the meat is all the marination time you’ll need. Anyway, peak asparagus season is almost upon us, and if you’re looking for a new way to enjoy it, I hope you give this shaved asparagus salad a try soon. Enjoy!

Ingredients for 4 portions:
24 large asparagus spears (save bottoms for soup)
salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste
4 oz pastrami, sliced thin
For the dressing:
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar (or regular rice vinegar with a pinch of salt and sugar)
3-4 tbsp olive oil, or to taste

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