We were at Sigona's a couple days ago I picked up some local Asparagus (which is in season now). We didn't really have any plan for what to do with them and they sat in the fridge for a couple days. In the mean time - I received a new coupon from Sigona's for a free wedge of brie + a bottle of wine with any purchase over $30.
And that's how we ended up making this recipe - searching for Asparagus and Brie. I found the recipe on the California Asparagus Commission website. The recipe is the winner of their recipe competition, written by a line cook from Le Bernadin (one of four 3 Michelin star restaurants in NY, and 20th best restaurant in the world according to Restaurant magazine.
Laura dicing the onions. She's gotten pretty good at it (much better than me).
Cutting the asparagus
Blanching the asparagus tips, to be used as garnish. Before the ice bath, these were put in boiling water for a short time.
Shaving the rind off the brie.
Cooking the asparagus and onions in hot oil.
Adding our freshly-made chicken stock to the asparagus.
Added cayenne and pepper. I think we added a bit too much, because the spiciness of the cayenne overwhelmed the asparagus flavour.
Brie added to the soup.
Starting to get creamier
Asparagus man is happy
Unfortunately we had to blend the soup in batches, in my micro-food processor. It was very inconvenient.
We made a pretty good mess with the food processor.
I'm sure this would look nicer if we could get the soup really smooth - with an immersion blender. It was very tasty though - I added a few drops of truffle oil over the top of the soups before we ate them.
The soup was very good - but really rich. In the future, I think I'd try to ensure smaller portions, or perhaps a healthier, less creamy soup.
The recipe can be found here: http://www.calasparagus.com/foodservice/2006CAC_winner_crutchley.pdf
Just in case that ever gets taken down, here it is:
- 3 lbs of large asparagus (large is sweeter than the thing asparagus)
- 1 tsp coarse salt
- 1 lb 8 oz chopped onions
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1.5 quarts chicken stock
- 1.4 lbs ripe brie cheese, rind removed, cut into pieces
- 1/2 tsp fresh white pepper
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- Asparagus tips
- Black truffle oil
- Thinly sliced Chive