Pan-fried & raw asparagus with goats curd & beetroot
  • 10 spears bunch asparaguswashed
  • 100g cooked beetroot
  • 150g goat’s curd (or use goat’s cheesericotta or cottage cheese)
  • baby salad leavesto decorate
For the dressing
  • 70ml grapeseed oilplus 2 tsp extra for grilling the asparagus
  • 1/4 zest orangeplus 30ml juice
  • 20g pine nutslightly toasted
  1. First, make the dressing. In a small bowl or jug, whisk the oil, orange zest and juice lightly, then add the pine nuts and set aside.
  2. Hold the asparagus at the base and just below the tip, then snap in two – you will feel a natural breaking point where the asparagus becomes a little woody. Save the woody bases for soups or stocks.
  3. Shred four spears of asparagus using a mandolin (or slice lengthways with a vegetable peeler). Repeat the process with the cooked beetroot. Put the shaved asparagus in a bowl of cold water and set side.
  4. Heat a frying pan or skillet over a high heat until hot. Coat the remaining six whole pieces of asparagus with the oil and place in the hot pan, moving them around in the pan, and season with a few pinches of sea salt. Allow the asparagus to brown, then remove, draining off any excess oil.
  5. Put the roasted asparagus on the plate, then add dollops of the curd. Drain the raw asparagus, then layer it over the curd with the slices of cooked beetroot. Stir the dressing and drizzle over the dish. Add some baby salad leaves to decorate, if you like.