Roasted White Asparagus with Sauerkraut Hollandaise and Toasted Pumpernickel Breadcrumbs

White asparagus is slightly milder in taste than its green counterpart, but still packed with nutrition. Unlike green asparagus which gets its pigmentation from the sun, the white variety grows covered in dirt. This veggie contrasts beautifully against dark, wholesome breadcrumbs.

Recipe courtesy Susan Vu for Cooking Channel
TOTAL TIME: 40 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 30 min
 
YIELD: 4 to 6 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

PUMPERNICKEL BREADCRUMBS:
  • 2 slices day-old pumpernickel bread, crusts removed, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    SAUERKRAUT HOLLANDAISE AND ROASTED WHITE ASPARAGUS:
    • 4 tablespoons juice from prepared sauerkraut
    • 4 egg yolks, at room-temperature
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 bunches jumbo white asparagus (about 1 1/2 pounds), woody ends removed, thin skin peeled
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
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    Directions

    For the pumpernickel breadcrumbs: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Pulse the bread in a food processor several times to produce fine crumbs. Transfer the breadcrumbs to a baking sheet, pour the melted butter on top and toss to coat. Season liberally with salt and pepper, and then bake until lightly toasted and crispy, 12 to 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.

    For the hollandaise and asparagus: Bring about 1 inch water to a boil over medium heat. Beat the sauerkraut juice and egg yolks in a medium heatproof bowl until foamy and light, about 30 seconds, and then set the bowl over the water, making sure it doesn't touch the water, and slowly whisk in the butter 1 tablespoon at a time. Continue whisking over the heat until all of the butter has been added and the hollandaise is thick and creamy, 8 to 10 minutes total. Remove from the heat, season with salt and pepper, and cover with plastic wrap and set aside.

    Increase the oven temperature to 450 degrees F. Place the asparagus on a baking sheet, add the vegetable oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper, and then roast until the asparagus are tender and starting to brown on the edges, 14 to 16 minutes.

    To serve, spoon the sauerkraut hollandaise over the asparagus and top with the pumpernickel breadcrumbs.

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