Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Appetizer of my life...

Ok, so it wasn't really a "dinner party" but it counts. It was me cooking and two of my girl friends coming over to hang out and help cook and eat. I'm just going to talk about the appetizer for right now...

Here's some music to get you started though. This was the perfect pairing for the night:

So, to start off, I purchased some black forest prosciutto to wrap around asparagus. I got the black forest one since it was smokier than the westphalian prosciutto.
Basically, trim the end of the asparagus, wrap the proschiutto around it and then put it in the oven at 425ish for about 20 minutes. Turn half way through.

You get this: and this...

Then for the hollondaise sauce.
Take 4 egg yolks and scramble them up.
put them over LOW heat and stir continuously with a whisk. Do NOT let them scramble.
You know that they are ready for the butter when you run the whisk across the bottom of the pan and you can see the pan for a second or so.
Then slowly add 2 sticks of butter 2 tablespoons at a time letting each addition melt completely before you add more. Stir constantly with the whisk.
...yup...that's right...2 whole sticks.
Then add a 2 tables spoons of lemon juice and little bit of cayenne pepper to your liking and call it good.
Then drizzle that on top of the asparagus or just dip the asparagus straight in...YUM.

Here's what you get. Pair it with some good cheeses and I chose Francis Ford Coppola Malbec wine. YUM...

Nom nom nom...