February 27, 2012

Wilted Asparagus with a Grapefruit-Shallot Sauce {Secret Recipe Club}

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Boy do I have a treat for you all today... and sticking with last week's theme of two ingredients never thought to be together {avocado and banana}, today's recipe is just as deliciously surprising. 
We had the holidays off for a month but now the SRC {Secret Recipe Club} is back in action and boy have I seen some amazing stuff already come out from the other groups.

This month I had the pleasure of stalking around Jbean aka Jill, the author behind the blog JBean Cuisine
Jbean has a fabulous blog with some really interesting recipes to say the least. She is very adventurous in the kitchen making different recipes from all over the world. Greek, Middle-Eastern, Japanese, oh and of course "Normal? North American? Comfort? Whatever you call it...", are all just a small glimpse into Jill's world of cooking.

A few recipes that jumped at me right away were these quesadillas and beet risotto both made with goat cheese. 

A girl after my own heart.

She also had made this beautiful mango salad and broccoli-cheddar soup, both "curve-friendly" that looked excellent. 
Well after searching around for a couple of weeks {because I did get some extra time to think about what I really wanted to make} I still kept coming back to this asparagus dish.

The vibrant colors, the healthy factor and the sheer curiosity for such a strong bitter fruit combined with a green stalk. 

I mean don't you want to know??
This is actually round two of this dish that I made.

No I didn't "screw it up" the first time... I just loved it so much, it was quick to make and the flavors were so wonderful together, why not?

We absolutely loved this grapefruit and asparagus combination, two flavors I wouldn't ever think to put together and of course it was delicious. The shallots in the champagne vinegar really carry such a marinading flavor to the dish and act as the bridge to these two main ingredients in perfect fashion.

This was such the perfect choice for my SRC revel and I hope you all love it just as much. Go visit JBean's blog and send her some One Year Blogiversary love {just 2 days ago} and let her know how fabulous her Asparagus was!
Wilted Asparagus with a Grapefruit-Shallot Sauce
Servings: 2 (4 side-servings)

1 large pink shallot
3 tbsp white champagne vinegar
1 large grapefruit (well ripened)
1 tsp grainy dijon mustard
3 tbsp olive oil
salt & pepper, to taste
20 spears of green asparagus, trimmed
parmesan or asiago cheese, shredded for garnish

Mince the shallot very finely and place in a small dish. Pour the vinegar over the shallot and stir to coat. Set-aside for 5 minutes, or while you prepare the other ingredients.

Wash the grapefruit. Using a fine grater, zest about 2/3 of the grapefruit. Set aside.

Juice the grapefruit (cut in half and squeeze!). Place the juices in a small saucepan and heat over medium. Boil the juices down until about 3 tbsp remain. Remove from heat and place in a glass bowl.

Add the grapefruit zest to the warm juices and slowly whisk in the mustard. Drain the shallots, discarding the vinegar, and add shallots to the grapefruit mixture. Slowly, 1 tbsp at a time, whisk in the oil. Season with S&P, taste and adjust seasonings (you may need a pinch of sugar to balance it out – just depends on the sweetness level of your grapefruit).

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the water and then add the asparagus and cook until tender-crisp (around 5 minutes, depending on the thickness of your asparagus).

Drain asparagus and immediately rinse with cold water to set the color and stop the cooking. Pat the asparagus dry with paper towel and place on a platter.

Spoon the dressing over the warm asparagus and grate fresh parmesan on-top!
Photos by A Healthy Jalapeño
Recipe adopted by JBean Cuisine



Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie said...

What a unique recipe!

Mary said...

This sounds delicious! I have to try this one. It really is unique. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

The Home Cook said...

Wow. This looks incredible. I love asparagus and can't wait to try this!

Jill (JBean Cuisine) said...

WOW - what a nice blog post. I am totally blushing over here.

Your photos look INCREDIBLE, wish I had that on my table tonight and I am so glad you enjoyed it (twice!).

I can't wait to poke around your site and get inspired.

Thanks again (and I hope you entered the giveaway!)

Lisa~~ said...

Totally amazing looking and they aren't flavors that I'd normally combine but after reading your post, I'm giving this recipe a try.

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Group 'A' SRC entry: Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites and my Group 'D' entry: Health(ier) Peanut Brittle

Cook Lisa Cook

Grubarazzi said...


Erin Stomber said...

Interesting combination... but it looks and sounds delicious!

shari@myjudythefoodie said...

love this. I am pinning this to make. Hope you checked out my feature on your smoothie! my family loves it and I've made it 4 times....so happy i was introduced through the SRC.....

Tammy Quackenbush said...

Asparagus is something that's easy to mess up so I've never made it myself before.
Here's my group D post today if you haven't had a chance to check it out. http://www.koreaforniancooking.com/2012/02/secret-recipe-club-hungarian-paprika.html

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers said...

This looks fantastic! I just love asparagus!

Kristy Lynn said...

dude. that flavor combination has my little mouth a'buzzin! ;) I'll bookmark this for when asparagus comes back into season.

happy src day1

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

I would never have thought to put these ingredients together. Making the recipe twice says a lot about how good it is. I have all the ingredients and will be trying this.

April Tuell Angels Homestead said...

What a unique and interesting combo. It looks delicious.

Melanie said...

I love pink grapefruit almost as much as I love asparagus! It sounds like a winning combination.

Nicole @ I am a Honey Bee said...

this looks fantastic! I bet it would be great with the asparagus roasted or grilled.

CulinaryCache said...

This sounds amazing! Like a citrus beurre blanc and I love the combination of flavors. I'll definitely try this one soon!

VeggieWiz said...

Never thought of pairing asparagus with grapefruit...cant wait to try this!