Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown
Show: Good Eats
Episode: Age Of Asparagus
Total:
2 hr 36 min
Active:
35 min
Yield:
9 to 10 servings
Level:
Intermediate
Total:
2 hr 36 min
Active:
35 min
Yield:
9 to 10 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons unflavored powdered gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 8 ounces quark or farmers cheese, room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 to 5 good quality, jarred anchovies in olive oil, drained
  • 7 whole, fresh chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 recipe Steamed Asparagus, cooled, recipe follows
  • Toasted French bread slices, for serving
  • Special equipment: Spritz bottle filled with water
Steamed Asparagus:
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, 1 to 1 1/2 inches cut off the bottom
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

Watch how to make this recipe.

Spritz a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan with water and line it with plastic wrap, leaving enough excess to fold over the top when filled.

Combine the gelatin and water in a 1-quart saucepan and set aside to bloom for 5 minutes.

Put the quark, cream cheese, anchovies, chives, and black pepper in the bowl of a food processor and process for 1 minute. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Put the bloomed gelatin over low heat until melted, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat. With the food processor running, slowly pour the melted gelatin into the cheese mixture and process for 30 seconds.

Sprinkle the parsley evenly across the bottom of the prepared loaf pan. Pour 1/4 of the cheese mixture over the parsley. Top with 1/3 of the asparagus in a single layer, alternating direction of tips. Repeat with remaining cheese mixture and asparagus, ending with the cheese mixture. Fold the excess plastic wrap over the filling. Set a second loaf pan on top of the plastic wrap and press down to compact. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.

Serve chilled, cut into 1-inch slices, along with crackers or toasted French bread slices.

To store, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Steamed Asparagus:

Pour or spritz the water onto 4 paper towels. Spread out the paper towels and lay the asparagus on top of the dampened towels. Sprinkle with the salt. Roll up the asparagus in the dampened towels. Lay the bundle, seam side down, in the microwave. Microwave on high until the asparagus is just crisp tender, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the microwave using tongs and carefully unwrap.

Cooking Tips 3 Videos

Step-by-step photos

Eggs 101: Poached 01:24

These easy steps will have you poaching eggs to perfection in no time.

Similar Topics:

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Country Terrine

Recipe courtesy of Laura Calder

Asparagus

Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray

Triple Chocolate Terrine

Recipe courtesy of Capogiro Gelato

Mocha Ice Cream Terrine

Recipe courtesy of Amy Finley

Foie Gras Terrine

Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse

Fermented Fish and Pork Terrine

Recipe courtesy of Luke Nguyen

Pheasant and Pickled Walnut Terrine

Recipe courtesy of Jennifer Paterson|Clarissa Dickson Wright

Pink Grapefruit and Orange Terrine

Recipe courtesy of Laura Calder

Pheasant and Pickled Walnut Terrine

Recipe courtesy of Jennifer Paterson|Clarissa Dickson Wright

On TV

Junk Food Flip

7:30am | 6:30c

How to Live to 100

8:30am | 7:30c

How to Live to 100

9:30am | 8:30c

Brunch at Bobby's

10:30am | 9:30c

Brunch at Bobby's

11:30am | 10:30c

Eat St.

12pm | 11c

Eat St.

12:30pm | 11:30c

Eat St.

1pm | 12c

Eat St.

1:30pm | 12:30c

Eat St.

2pm | 1c

Eat St.

2:30pm | 1:30c

Carnival Eats

3:30pm | 2:30c

Carnival Eats

4:30pm | 3:30c

Carnival Eats

5:30pm | 4:30c

Cheap Eats

6pm | 5c

Cheap Eats

6:30pm | 5:30c

Cheap Eats

7pm | 6c

Cheap Eats

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Cheap Eats

8pm | 7c

Cheap Eats

8:30pm | 7:30c

Good Eats

9pm | 8c

Good Eats

9:30pm | 8:30c

Good Eats

10pm | 9c

Good Eats

10:30pm | 9:30c

Good Eats

11pm | 10c

Good Eats

11:30pm | 10:30c

Cheap Eats

12am | 11c

Cheap Eats

12:30am | 11:30c

Good Eats

1am | 12c

Good Eats

1:30am | 12:30c

Good Eats

2am | 1c

Good Eats

2:30am | 1:30c

Good Eats

3am | 2c

Good Eats

3:30am | 2:30c

So Much Pretty Food Here