With its bright colours and fresh ingredients, this asparagus pie will make your eyes and tastebuds’ delight. A rustic crust is simply a crust with uneven edges that is not necessarily cooked in a traditional pie dish. For a different dough, use other types of flour, such as whole wheat or chickpea flour.
Asparagus, just like any other green vegetable, contains an impressive amount of vitamin K, which plays a role in blood clotting and helps maintain good bone health. It is also a good source of folate, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin A, vitamin E, iron, copper, and manganese.
Did you know that, in equal proportions, asparagus has almost the same quantity of antioxidants as a glass of red wine? The main antioxidants (lutein and zeaxanthin) found in asparagus are part of the carotenoid family and help reduce cancer and cardiovascular disease risks.
SIMPLY DELICIOUS: Love asparagus? BPT too! Here is a delicious recipe of Quebec asparagus parmesan spirals. Yum!
Whole wheat flour
Cold butter, diced
Salt and pepper
2% M.F. partially skimmed milk
Garlic cloves, chopped
Preheat the oven to 205° C (400° F).
Using a blender, pulse the dry crust ingredients. Add the butter, egg, and water alternately until you get a dough ball. Set aside.
Snap off the tough bottom part of the stems.
In a pan, mix the milk and flour while still cold. Then, bring to a boil. As soon as bubbles start to form, remove from heat and add the other ingredients. Set aside.
Roll out the dough as finely as possible and place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
Then, garnish with sauce and prosciutto. Place the asparagus on top and fold the dough towards the center.
Baste the with the beaten egg and put in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes.
Once cooked, add parsley leaves and red onion slices. Serve hot with a salad side.
Asparagus can be eaten raw although most people prefer to steam them to preserve the vitamin and mineral content. BPT loves to use a peeler and make ribbons to add to a salad. You could also blanch your asparagus in water a few seconds and serve them with other crudités with a dip or hummus.
You can find green or white Quebec asparagus in supermarkets and, if you’re lucky, you might even stumble upon purple asparagus! They can enhance your favourite dishes: risottos, pastas, potages, or salads.
Do not forget to pick asparagus with firm, shiny, and breakable stems as well as compact and slightly purple tips. These characteristics indicate the ripeness and freshness of asparagus. Plus, when in season, they are so flavourful!
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